Loose Women

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Loose Women
Genre Panel show
Presented by Kaye Adams
Ruth Langsford
Andrea McLean
Starring Nadia Sawalha
Jane Moore
Sherrie Hewson
Coleen Nolan
Janet Street-Porter
Linda Robson
Gloria Hunniford
Judy Finnigan
June Sarpong
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 19
Executive producer(s) Emma Gormley
Editor(s) Siobhan O'Gorman
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) ITV Studios (2005–)
Anglia Television (2002–05)
Granada Television (1999–2002)
Original channel ITV
Original release 6 September 1999[1] – present
External links

Loose Women is a British panel show that has been broadcast on ITV since 6 September 1999. The programme focuses on a panel of four female presenters who interview celebrities and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip.

Loose Women is part of the ITV daytime programming schedule, airing on weekdays from 12:30−1:30pm.

The 19th series begin airing on 8 September 2014 with the introduction of new regular panelists Gloria Hunniford and Judy Finnigan.


The panel comprises four women from various professions in the entertainment and journalism industries.

Carol McGiffin holds the record for the most appearances; she appeared in 1172 episodes between 2003 and 2013, followed by Andrea McLean, Coleen Nolan, Sherrie Hewson, Jane McDonald, Denise Welch and Kaye Adams respectively.

Series 1–10[edit]

Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha were the original anchors on the show. Sawalha left in 2002, after the birth of her first child; Adams kept the role for the first ten series until the end of 2006, when she left to go on maternity leave.[2]

Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore all appeared in the very first episode and Ruth Langsford appeared in the second episode. Coleen Nolan, Denise Welch and Linda Robson first appeared as guest panelists during the second, third and fifth series respectively before later becoming regular panelists. Carol McGiffin and Sherrie Hewson, currently the longest serving panelist, began their stints as regular panelists at the start of the fourth series.

Series 11–17[edit]

From 2007 to 2009, the anchor job was mainly shared by Jackie Brambles and Andrea McLean. Following Brambles' departure in August 2009,[3] Kate Thornton took over from her during the following month and continued to present the show in rotation with McLean until August 2011. Following a relaunch in September 2011, the role of anchor was shared between Andrea McLean and Carol Vorderman, replacing Thornton, coinciding with the departures of panelists Coleen Nolan, Zoe Tyler and Lynda Bellingham.

Series 18[edit]

Loose Women underwent a presenter revamp for its eighteenth series, following the departure of panelist Carol McGiffin at the end of series 17.[4] Long-running panelists Denise Welch, Jane McDonald and Lisa Maxwell also departed from the programme in October 2013, December 2013 and March 2014 respectively.[5]

Many former presenters were reintroduced for the eighteenth series of the programme. Coleen Nolan, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore returned as panelist during October 2013, whereas Kaye Adams returned as anchor in November.[6] Later, Ruth Langsford rejoined the programme as an anchor in January 2014.[7]

Jamelia, a singer-songwriter, and Myleene Klass, a singer and pianist, joined the programme as panelists in November 2013 and January 2014 respectively.[8]

Series 19[edit]

The panel underwent a further presenter revamp for its nineteenth following the departures of Sally Lindsay, Carol Vorderman[9] and Shobna Gulati. Claire Richards and Myleene Klass, who had been panelists for series 18, also did not return. Gloria Hunniford was announced as a new panelists whilst it was also announced that Judy Finnigan, Penny Lancaster and Sharon Osbourne would appear as guest panelists. The series also featured a total revamp in the style of the show, with the logo, set and theme tune changed dramatically, and the panelists walking out to their respective seats at the start, behind a smaller desk, closer to the audience.

In this series a book club, Loose Books, was introduced; a panelist picks a book which the audience and the other panelists read. The first was chosen by Coleen Nolan called 'The Girl On The Train' by Paula Hawkins which as a result went to number 1.

The anchor team currently consists of Kaye Adams, Ruth Langsford and Andrea McLean. The panel also rotate throughout the week, with three of them appearing on each show. Coleen Nolan regularly appears three times a week, whilst Langsford, Jane Moore and Janet Street-Porter either appear two or three times a week. McLean, Nadia Sawalha and Jamelia regularly appear twice a week. Adams, Linda Robson, Sherrie Hewson, Gloria Hunniford and Judy Finnigan appear at most once a week.

Current panel[edit]

Anchors (Seat 1) Duration Related note(s)
Kaye Adams 1999–2006, 2013– Guest panelist (2014)
Ruth Langsford 1999–2000, 2009–10, 2012, 2014– Regular panelist (1999–2000); Guest panelist (2002);
Guest anchor (2006, 2007, 2013)
Andrea McLean 2007–
Panelists (Seat 2) Duration Related note(s)
Nadia Sawalha 1999–2002, 2013–
Coleen Nolan 2004–11, 2013– Guest panelist (2000); Guest anchor (2014)
Panelists (Seat 3) Duration Related note(s)
Sherrie Hewson 2003– Guest anchor (2003)
Linda Robson 2012– Guest panelist (2003, 2010, 2011)
Jamelia 2013–
Gloria Hunniford 2014– Guest panelist (2003); Guest anchor (2014)
Judy Finnigan 2014–
Panelists (Seat 4) Duration Related note(s)
Jane Moore 1999–2002, 2013– Guest anchor (2000)
Janet Street-Porter 2011–

Loose Books[edit]

From March 2015 Loose Books was launched. Similar to Richard and Judy's Book Club. The idea is that a panelist picks a book which the audience and the other panelist read. The first was chosen by Coleen Nolan called 'The Girl On The Train' by Paula Hawkins which as a result went to number 1

Panelist Book Review Times
Coleen Nolan 'The Girl On The Train' by Paula Hawkins 25 March to 20 April
Linda Robson 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler 20 April to 14 May
Andrea McLean 'Us' by David Nichols 14 May to 26 June
Janet Street-Porter 'Blood on Snow' by Jo Nesbo 26 June to 22 July

Related programming[edit]

On 19 November 2010, as part of Children in Need 2010, McLean, Zoe Tyler, McGiffin, Hewson and Welch performed Girls Aloud's song "The Promise" as Nanas Aloud.[10]

Loose @ 5.30[edit]

Loose @ 5.30 aired at 5.30pm on ITV for two weeks from 29 May 2006. This teatime spin-off of Loose Women was a slight twist on the original format; the panel was composed of both men and women for the first time.[11]

Presenter Notes
Kaye Adams Co-anchor with Ted Robbins
Ted Robbins Co-anchor with Kaye Adams
Sherrie Hewson From Loose Women
Jane McDonald From Loose Women
Carol McGiffin From Loose Women
Coleen Nolan From Loose Women
Denise Welch From Loose Women
Jason Gardiner
Jeff Brazier

Live Talk[edit]

Live Talk was a re-branding of Loose Women. The programme lasted for two series, the first in 2000 and the second in 2001, and was co-anchored by Adams and Sawalha.[12] Panellists from Loose Women included Coleen Nolan, Pattie Coldwell, Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha and Karren Brady. They were joined by new regular panellists Carol McGiffin, Anne Diamond, Emily Symons, Jenny Powell, Jenni Trent Hughes, Denise Black, Kathryn Apanowicz, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Kim Hughes. Guest panellists included Lorraine Kelly (2000), Jenni Murray (2000), Tracy Shaw (2000), Sally Gunnell (2001), Julie Peasgood (2001), Kate Garraway (2001), Lauren Booth (2001), Heather Mills (2001), Sheila Hancock (2001) and Denise Welch (2001).

International variations[edit]

  • In the United States, The View first aired in 1997 and The Talk debuted in 2010
  • In Germany, Frauenzimmer aired between 26 October 2009 and 20 November 2009. The show was cancelled due to poor ratings.[13]
  • In Australia, The Circle first aired in 2010 and has a similar format. The show, which also features cookery and makeover segments, is a popular daytime show on Network Ten.
  • In France, Le Grand 8 has been aired since October 2012 on weekdays from 12.10 to 13.25 on D8 free digital terrestrial channel, part of Canal + group. The host, Laurence Ferrari, former anchorwoman of TF1 8h PM newscast, and 4 panelists discuss on topics such as politics, health, trends, business and culture.
  • In Ireland, Midday first aired in 2008 on TV3. Midday has been described as an Irish Loose Women but a TV3 representative said "We're not going to be like Loose Women though, they seem to do a lot of men bashing and talking about their sex lives, we certainly won't be doing that"
  • In Mexico, Netas Divinas first aired in 2012. It is among the few variations of the programme to be aired in other countries, having aired in other Latin American countries as well as on Galavision in the United States.


In late 2008, ITV released Let Loose: The Very Best Of Loose Women, a DVD featuring highlights of Series 12 and 13. The DVD is introduced by Brambles and Nolan, with McDonald and McGiffin giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the set at The London Studios.[14] A second DVD was released in November 2009, entitled Late Night with the Loose Women. The extended programme features McLean, Hewson, McGiffin and McDonald discussing raunchier topics than the television timeslot permits, and includes appearances by guests Will Mellor, Rustie Lee and Christopher Biggins.[15] A 2010 DVD release saw McGiffin, Hewson, Maxwell and Welch visit New York, titled Loose Women in New York: Let Loose in the City. The DVD was released on 8 November 2010.[16]

A range of books have also been published under the brand which has expanded further with an online shop selling make-up products, champagne, personalised cups and stationery.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date Ceremony Award Status
3 September 2007 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won[18]
19 March 2008 Royal Television Society Best Daytime Programme Nominated[19]
25 June 2008 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won[20]
10 March 2009 Television and Radio Industries Club TV Daytime Programme award Won[21]
7 September 2009 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won[20]
28 November 2009 TV Times Awards Favourite Programme Won[22]
20 January 2010 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme Won[23]
6 September 2010 TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won[24]
26 January 2011 National Television Awards Topical Magazine Programme Nominated[25]
25 January 2012 National Television Awards Best Talkshow Nominated


  1. ^ Loose Women, TV.com, 20 July 2011
  2. ^ "LOOSE WOMAN: THE KAYE ADAMS COLUMN". Daily Record. 4 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Loose Women anchor Jackie Brambles quits on air". The Sun. 6 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Chester, Jason (25 August 2013). "'I've exhausted my repertoire of anecdotes': Carol McGiffin quits her day job on Loose Women after ten years". The Sunday People. MailOnline. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Duncan, Amy (6 October 2013). "‘The bosses are choosing to turn back time and I would rather move forward’: Denise Welch quits Loose Women after ten years". Sunday Mirror. Metro. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Fletcher, Alex (3 October 2013). "Coleen Nolan, Kaye Adams return to 'Loose Women'". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "That'll give them something to talk about: Former pop star Jamelia joins panel of ITV's Loose Women". MailOnline. (Daily Mail). 25 November 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Children In Need, ITV, 20 July 2011
  11. ^ Loose @ 5.30, IMDB, 20 July 2011[unreliable source?]
  12. ^ Live Talk, IMDB, 20 July 2011[unreliable source?]
  13. ^ Frauenzimmer Wikipedia.de, 17 August 2010
  14. ^ [3] Buy Let Loose play, 20 July 2011]
  15. ^ [4] Buy Late Night play, 20 July 2011
  16. ^ Loose Women In New York Play.com, 17 August 2010
  17. ^ ITV Shop Results ITV, 20 July 2011
  18. ^ Coronation Street leads ITV Victory guardian.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  19. ^ Loose Women running amok dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  20. ^ a b TV Quick Awards itv.com, 20 July 2011
  21. ^ 2009 Winners tric.org.uk, 20 July 2011
  22. ^ All the 2009 winners whatsontv.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  23. ^ Loose Women hit Afterparty dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  24. ^ Loose Women stars live reputations dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  25. ^ National Television Awards Nominations in full metro.co.uk, 20 July 2011

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