Loose Women

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Loose Women
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Genre Panel show
Presented by Ruth Langsford
Andrea McLean
Starring Kaye Adams
Nadia Sawalha
Jane Moore
Coleen Nolan
Sherrie Hewson
Janet Street-Porter
Linda Robson
Gloria Hunniford
Penny Lancaster
June Sarpong
Anita Dobson
Hilary Devey
Saira Khan
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 20
Executive producer(s) Emma Gormley
Editor(s) Siobhan O'Gorman (deputy)
Sally Shelford
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 network ITV
Original release 6 September 1999 – present[1]
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 programme has been simulcast in the Republic of Ireland on UTV Ireland since January 2015.


See List of Loose Women episodes for presenters per episode.

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]

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]

Adams, Sawalha and Jane Moore all appeared in the very first episode and Ruth Langsford appeared in the second episode. Welch, Gloria Hunniford and Linda Robson first appeared as guest panelists during the third, fourth and fifth series respectively before later becoming regular panelists. McGiffin and Hewson, currently the longest serving panelist, began their stints as regular panelists at the start of the fourth series, whilst Nolan had a brief stint in the second series before returning regularly from the sixth series.

Series 11–17[edit]

From 2007 to 2009, the anchor job was mainly shared by McLean and Jackie Brambles. 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 McLean and Carol Vorderman, replacing Thornton, coinciding with the departures of Nolan, Zoe Tyler and Lynda Bellingham.

Series 18[edit]

Loose Women underwent a presenter revamp for its eighteenth series, following the departure of McGiffin at the end of series 17.[4] Long-running panelists Welch, 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. Nolan, Sawalha and Moore returned as panelists during October 2013, whilst Adams returned as anchor in November.[6] Later, Langsford rejoined the programme as an anchor in January 2014.[7]

Jamelia and Myleene Klass 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 Vorderman,[9] Sally Lindsay and Shobna Gulati. Klass and Claire Richards, who had been panelists for series 18, also did not return. Hunniford, Penny Lancaster and Judy Finnigan were announced as new 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 Nolan called 'The Girl On The Train' by Paula Hawkins which as a result went to number 1.

Series 20[edit]

Series 20 of the show began on 1 September 2015. Finnigan didn't return for the new series, whilst Anita Dobson, Hilary Devey and Saira Khan began appearing as panelists and Adams began appearing more frequently as a panelist rather than an anchor. Nolan made frequent appearances as a stand-in anchor.

Current panel[edit]

Anchors (Seat 1) Duration Related note(s)
Ruth Langsford 1999–2002, 2009–10, 2012, 2014— Regular panelist (1999–2002); Guest anchor (2006, 2007, 2013)
Andrea McLean 2007—
Panelists (Seat 2) Duration Related note(s)
Nadia Sawalha 1999–2002, 2013—
Coleen Nolan 2000, 2004–11, 2013— Guest anchor (2014, 2015)
Linda Robson 2012— Guest panelist (2003, 2010, 2011)
Panelists (Seat 3) Duration Related note(s)
Sherrie Hewson 2003— Guest anchor (2003)
Jamelia 2013—
Gloria Hunniford 2014— Guest panelist (2003); Guest anchor (2014, 2015)
Penny Lancaster 2014—
June Sarpong 2015— Guest anchor (2015)
Anita Dobson 2015—
Hilary Devey 2015— Guest panelist (2015)
Saira Khan 2015— Guest panelist (2015)
Panelists (Seat 4) Duration Related note(s)
Kaye Adams 1999–2006, 2013— Regular anchor (1999–2006, 2013–15); Guest panelist (2014, 2015)
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
June Sarpong 'Do Less, Get More: How to Work Smart & Live Life Your Way' by Shaa Wasmund "Summer Reads"
Jamelia 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)' by Mindy Kaling "Summer Reads"
Coleen Nolan 'Truth or Die' by James Patterson & Howard Roughan "Summer Reads"
Jane Moore 'I Let You Go' by Clare Mackintosh 22 July to 24 September
Kaye Adams 'Elizabeth is Missing' by Emma Healey 25 September to 23 October
Ruth Langsford 'The Liar's Chair' by Rebecca Whitney 23 October to 24 November
Nadia Sawalha 'Serena' by Ron Rash 26 November to 17 December

Related programming[edit]

On 19 November 2010, as part of Children in Need 2010, Andrea McLean, Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin, Zoe Tyler and Denise 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] The programme was co-anchored by Kaye Adams and Ted Robbins. Panellists from Loose Women included Adams, Hewson, McGiffin, Welch, Jane McDonald and Coleen Nolan. They were joined by male panelists Jason Gardiner and 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 Adams, Sawalha, Nolan, Karren Brady and Pattie Coldwell. They were joined by new regular panellists McGiffin, Anne Diamond, Emily Symons, Jenny Powell, Jenni Trent Hughes, Denise Black, Kathryn Apanowicz, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Kim Hughes. Guest panellists included Welch (2001), Lorraine Kelly (2000), Jenni Murray (2000), Tracy Shaw (2000), Sally Gunnell (2001), Julie Peasgood (2001), Kate Garraway (2001), Lauren Booth (2001), Heather Mills (2001) and Sheila Hancock (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 Canada, The Social first aired in 2013 on CTV Television Network.


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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