Loose Women

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Loose Women
Loose Women logo (2019-present).png
GenreTalk show
Created byDiane Nelmes[1]
Presented by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series24
Executive producer(s)Emma Gormley
  • Eleanor Cotter (senior)
  • Helen Stuart
  • Katie Storry
  • Harriet Thurley
  • Paul Pixton (former; recurring)
  • Isabel Buxton (features; head)
  • Andy Austin (showbiz; head)
  • Patrick Prendergast (celebrity)
  • Sally Shelford (Editor)
  • Tom Sage (Deputy Editor)
  • Emma Barrow (Deputy Editor)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)
Original networkITV
Original release6 September 1999 (1999-09-06)[2] –
External links

Loose Women is a British talk show that broadcasts on ITV weekdays 12:30pm–1:30pm. The show was originally broadcast from Norwich, then Manchester, before moving to London, and focuses on a panel of four female presenters who interview celebrities, discuss their lives, and discuss topical issues ranging from politics and current affairs to celebrity gossip and entertainment news. The current anchor presenters are Kaye Adams, Ruth Langsford, Andrea McLean and Christine Lampard. The 3,000th episode of Loose Women was broadcast on 15 May 2018.[3]


The panel comprises four women from various professions in the entertainment and journalism industries. The programme was originally broadcast from Norwich before moving to London and focuses on a panel of four female presenters, who interview celebrities, discuss their lives and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip.

Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha were the original presenters on the show. Nadia Sawalha left in 2002, after the birth of her first child; Kaye Adams kept the role for the first ten series until the end of 2006, when she left to go on maternity leave.[4] Kaye, Nadia, Jane Moore and Karren Brady were panellists for the first episode and Ruth Langsford appeared in the second episode.

Loose Women underwent a presenter revamp in 2013, following the departure of Carol McGiffin.[5][deprecated source] Long-running panellists Denise Welch, Jane McDonald and Lisa Maxwell also departed from the programme.[6]

Coleen Nolan, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore returned as panellists during 2013, whilst Kaye Adams returned as presenter.[7] Ruth Langsford also rejoined the programme as a presenter.[8] Jamelia and Myleene Klass joined the programme as panellists.[9][deprecated source]

On 22 June 2016, Sir Cliff Richard sat down for a one-on-one interview with close friend Gloria Hunniford for a special edition of Loose Women subtitled Sir Cliff: Out of the Shadows.[10]

On 3 August 2016, Sherrie Hewson announced on-air that she would be leaving the show. Her final episode aired on 5 September 2016.[11] New regular panellists Stacey Solomon, Martine McCutcheon, Lisa Riley and Anne Diamond joined during the series.[citation needed]

On 10 October 2018, Loose Women did an Autism Hour special and it proved success to the viewers even stating that the show should do more hour specials like this.[12] On 15 October 2018, Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch appeared together on the panel for the first time since 2013.[13]

On 7 February 2019, Christine Lampard returned to the show after taking six months maternity leave.[14] Towards the end of the month Stacey Solomon announced her pregnancy with her third child - her first with partner Joe Swash. Brenda Edwards joined the show as a panelist on 27 February 2019.

On 16 October 2019, it was confirmed that Linda Robson would return to the show after a nine-month break.[15]


Member Duration Relatable Notes
Kaye Adams 1999–2006, 2013– Regular panellist & guest presenter (2015–18)
Guest panellist (2014–15, 2019–)
Ruth Langsford 1999–2000, 2002, 2009–10, 2012– Regular panellist (1999–2000, 2002)
Guest presenter (2006–07)
Guest panellist (2019)
Andrea McLean 2007– Guest panellist (2019)
Christine Lampard 2016– Guest panellist (2016, 2019)
Jane Moore 1999–2000, 2002, 2013– Guest presenter (2000, 2018–)
Nadia Sawalha 1999–2002, 2013– Guest presenter (2016–)
Coleen Nolan 2000–01, 2004–11, 2013– Guest presenter (2014–)
Carol McGiffin 2000–01, 2003–13, 2018– Guest presenter (2003, 2007)
Guest panellist (2018)
Denise Welch 2005–13, 2018– Guest panellist (2001–02, 2018)
Guest presenter (2006–10, 2012)
Janet Street-Porter 2011–
Linda Robson 2012–18, 2020– Guest panellist (2003, 2010–11)
Gloria Hunniford 2014– Guest panellist (2003)
Guest presenter (2014–16)
Penny Lancaster 2014–
Saira Khan 2015– Guest panellist (2015)
Ayda Field 2016–18, 2019–
Stacey Solomon 2016– Guest panellist (2011–12)
Chizzy Akudolu 2018–
Brenda Edwards 2019–
Kéllé Bryan 2019–
Judi Love 2020–


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 Jackie Brambles and Coleen Nolan, with Jane McDonald and Carol McGiffin giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the set at The London Studios.[16] A second DVD was released in November 2009, entitled Late Night with the Loose Women. The extended programme features Andrea McLean, Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin and Jane McDonald discussing raunchier topics than the television timeslot permits, and includes appearances by guests Will Mellor, Rustie Lee and Christopher Biggins.[17] A 2010 DVD release saw Carol McGiffin, Sherrie Hewson, Lisa Maxwell and Denise Welch visit New York, titled Loose Women in New York: Let Loose in the City. The DVD was released on 8 November 2010.[18] A further DVD titled Christmas with the Loose Women was issued in 2012, presented by Andrea McLean, Carol McGiffin, Denise Welch and Lisa Maxwell. With behind the scenes footage.

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.[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date Ceremony Award Status Refs
2007 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won [20]
2008 Royal Television Society Best Daytime Programme Nominated [21][deprecated source]
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [22]
2009 Television and Radio Industries Club TV Daytime Programme award Won [23]
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [22]
TV Times Awards Favourite Programme Won [24]
2010 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme Won [25][deprecated source]
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [26][deprecated source]
2011 National Television Awards Topical Magazine Programme Nominated [27]
2012 National Television Awards Best session Nominated
2016 National Television Awards Best Magazine Show Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Nominated
2017 Diversity in Media Awards TV Moment of the Year Nominated
National Television Awards Best Live Magazine Show Nominated
2018 National Television Awards Best Daytime Show Nominated
TRIC Awards Daytime Programme Nominated


  1. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (3 October 2008). "Diane Nelmes joins Liberty Bell" – via The Guardian.
  2. ^ Loose Women, TV.com, 20 July 2011
  3. ^ "Loose Women celebrates 3000 shows with the outrageous Loosie Awards!". itv.com. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  4. ^ "LOOSE WOMAN: THE KAYE ADAMS COLUMN". Daily Record. 4 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Fletcher, Alex (3 October 2013). "Coleen Nolan, Kaye Adams return to 'Loose Women'". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  8. ^ Tom Eames (20 December 2013). "Loose Women adds Ruth Langsford to regular panel, Myleene Klass to guest". Digital Spy.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Cliff Richard Speaks Out Over Rumours About His Sexuality". 22 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Sherrie Hewson to leave Loose Women". BBC News. 3 August 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Loose Women: First ever autism-friendly live TV show (10 October 2018)". National Autistic Society.
  13. ^ Strang, Fay (15 October 2018). "Loose Women fans rejoice as 'legends' Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch return to the show together for the first time in five years". The Sun. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  14. ^ McLoughlin, Lisa (7 February 2019). "Christine Lampard tears up as ITV colleagues welcome her back to Loose Women five months after giving birth to daughter". The Sun. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  15. ^ West, Amy (16 October 2019). "Loose Women confirms classic panellist is returning to the show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Rakuten.co.uk Shopping: Loose Women - DVD - DVD & Blu-ray".
  17. ^ [1] Buy Late Night play, 20 July 2011
  18. ^ Loose Women In New York Archived 26 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine Play.com, 17 August 2010
  19. ^ ITV Shop Results Archived 27 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine ITV, 20 July 2011
  20. ^ Coronation Street leads ITV Victory guardian.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  21. ^ Loose Women running amok dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  22. ^ a b TV Quick Awards itv.com, 20 July 2011
  23. ^ 2009 Winners Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine tric.org.uk, 20 July 2011
  24. ^ All the 2009 winners whatsontv.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  25. ^ Loose Women hit Afterparty dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  26. ^ Loose Women stars live reputations dailymail.co.uk, 20 July 2011
  27. ^ National Television Awards Nominations in full metro.co.uk, 20 July 2011

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