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Loose Women is a British talk show that has been broadcast on ITV since 6 September 1999. 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]

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
No. of episodes3,392
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


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.

Andrea McLean holds the record for the most appearances; she has appeared in 1,240 episodes since first joining in 2007, followed by Carol McGiffin, Coleen Nolan, Sherrie Hewson, Jane McDonald, Kaye Adams, Janet Street-Porter, Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore and Denise Welch respectively.[citation needed]


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.

2000–2001; Live TalkEdit

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-presented by Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha.[5] Panellists from Loose Women included Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Coleen Nolan, Karren Brady and Pattie Coldwell. 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 Denise 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).

2001–2006; Loose @ 5.30Edit

Denise Welch, Gloria Hunniford and Linda Robson first appeared as guest panellists before later becoming regular panellists. Carol McGiffin and Sherrie Hewson began their stints as regular panellists in 2003, whilst Coleen Nolan had a brief stint before returning regularly from 2004.

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.[6] The programme was co-presented by Kaye Adams and Ted Robbins. Panellists from Loose Women included Kaye Adams, Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin, Denise Welch, Jane McDonald and Coleen Nolan. They were joined by male panellists Jason Gardiner and Jeff Brazier.


Between 2007 and 2009, the presenter job was mainly shared by McLean and Jackie Brambles. Following Jackie Brambles departure in August 2009,[7] Kate Thornton took over from her during the following month and continued to present the show in rotation with Andrea McLean until August 2011. Jane McDonald also took a 16-month hiatus to focus on her music, returning in 2012. On 14 December Jane McDonald announced her return live on air with a surprise phone call. Following a relaunch in September 2011, the role of presenter was shared between McLean and Carol Vorderman, replacing Kate Thornton, coinciding with the departures of Coleen Nolan, Zoë Tyler and Lynda Bellingham. Jane McDonald returned on 16 January 2012. Linda Robson was introduced as a regular panellist in 2013, after appearing several times previous as a guest stand in.


Loose Women underwent a presenter revamp in 2013, following the departure of Carol McGiffin.[8] Long-running panellists Denise Welch, Jane McDonald and Lisa Maxwell also departed from the programme.[9]

Coleen Nolan, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore returned as panellists during 2013, whilst Kaye Adams returned as presenter.[10] Ruth Langsford also rejoined the programme as a presenter.[11] Jamelia and Myleene Klass joined the programme as panellists.[12]

The panel underwent a further presenter revamp following the departures of Carol Vorderman,[13] Sally Lindsay and Shobna Gulati, Myleene Klass and Claire Richards left their roles as panellists. Gloria Hunniford, Penny Lancaster and Judy Finnigan were announced as new panellists. June Sarpong later joined the show. The series also featured a total revamp in the style of the show, with the logo, set and theme tune changed dramatically, and the panellists walking out to their respective seats at the start, behind a smaller desk, closer to the audience.

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

Kaye Adams became a regular panellist (as opposed to a regular presenter), though she made guest appearances as a presenter. Katie Price and Vicky Pattison joined the cast as regular panellists in 2016.[14] There was no summer break in 2016.[15] Therefore, guest panellists featured heavily, notably Ayda Field, Nadiya Hussain, Martine McCutcheon, Lisa Riley and Stacey Solomon.[citation needed]

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.[16]

On 3 August 2016, Sherrie Hewson announced on-air that she would be leaving the show. Her final episode aired on 5 September 2016.[17][citation needed] New regular panellists Stacey Solomon, Martine McCutcheon, Lisa Riley and Anne Diamond joined during the series.[citation needed]Jamelia and Vicky Pattison didn't return for the start of the series, while June Sarpong didn't return following the show's Christmas break.[citation needed]Christine Lampard began serving as a presenter from January 2017 after guest presenting a few episodes in December 2016 due to the positive feedback by the viewers.[citation needed]Regular panellist Coleen Nolan made her 1,000th appearance on the panel on 5 December 2016.[citation needed]


September 2017 saw Denise van Outen join the show as a permanent panellist, having featured heavily during August 2017, whilst Martine McCutcheon departed at the end of series 21. On 24 November the show celebrated a hen party for Andrea McLean due to she is getting married but she was on the panel at the time so Kaye Adams presented the show with a few surprises and also well wishes from her fellow panellists via the VT as well.

Kelly Brook and Anna Richardson joined the show on 5 and 18 January 2018 respectively, followed by Chizzy Akudolu on 20 March 2018, whilst Katie Price ceased appearing in January 2018.[18]

Loose Women aired its last episode in The London Studios for 5 years on Friday 13 April - before moving to its new home of Television Centre, London on Monday 16 April. To coincide with the move, the show's look was refreshed and a brand new set with the addition of an electronic ticker dubbed 'Loose Lipped Loosey' that runs throughout the show above the audience stands. The main presenter now opens the show with a run-down of the day's topics and guests before introducing the panellists as they walk on.[citation needed]

On 15 May the show celebrated its 3,000th episode with a look-back at the show's best bits and a mini-awards ceremony dubbed 'The Loosie Awards'.[citation needed]

Mel B started making recurring appearances on the panel, whilst Denise Welch and Carol McGiffin returned to the panel after 5-year absences, making their returns on 7 June 2018 and 5 July 2018 respectively.[19][20]

In 2018, Denise Welch and Carol McGiffin re-joined the show as regular panellists on 3 and 6 September 2018 respectively. Anna Richardson and Kelly Brook did not return to the show following their stints in series 22, whilst Anne Diamond, Ayda Field and Lisa Riley also did not return to the show. Denise van Outen made just a single appearance in September 2018, before also departing due to other work commitments on other shows.

Christine Lampard took a break from the show due to maternity leave and returned later in the series whilst Coleen Nolan announced on her social media account in early September that she would be taking an immediate hiatus from the show until December 2018 [21]

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.[22] On 15 October 2018, Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch appeared together on the panel for the first time since 2013.[23]

On 3 December 2018, Coleen Nolan officially returned to the panel after a few months hiatus.[24] On 5 & 6 December 2018, Jane Moore anchored the show, filling in for Andrea McLean who had to pull out due to illness. This is the first time Jane Moore has anchored the show since 2000.[25] On 10 December 2018, Loose Women introduced an festive HO-HO WHO? segment where all of the panellists, audience and also the viewers watching at home to guess who the mystery guest or singer on the day of the show whereas no one knows who it could be.

On 7 January 2019, the show received a refreshed new look for the new year, introducing a brand new set, graphics package and a voiceover at the start of the show - as they introduce the day's panel as they walk on from two entry points: a small set of stairs or from the side of the set. Celebrity guests no longer enter through the audience area, instead entering the set from the stairs. On 18 January 2019, Rebecca Ferguson joined the show as a regular panellist after previously appearing as a guest panellist in 2017 and 2018 and Linda Robson took a nine month break.

On 7 February 2019, Christine Lampard returned to the show after taking six months maternity leave.[26] 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.

As of 2 April 2019, Andrea McLean now holds the record for the most appearances overtaking the previous record holder, Carol McGiffin.[citation needed]After 4 years appearing as a regular panellist, in April 2019, Kaye Adams returned to her role as regular anchor. Rebecca Ferguson made her final appearance on 22 April 2019 and was replaced by Kéllé Bryan, who made her first appearance as a panelist on 9 May 2019.

From 19 August 2019, the show began airing special ‘Life Before Loose’ episodes, highlighting panellists life before Loose Women. Nadia Sawalha was the first on 19 August 2019, then Denise Welch on 20 August 2019, then Andrea McLean on 27 August 2019, then Jane Moore on 28 August 2019, Stacey Solomon on 25 October 2019 and Coleen Nolan on 5 November 2019.

On 16 October 2019, it was confirmed that Linda Robson would return to the show after a nine month break.[27].


Ruth Langsford, Andrea McLean and Christine Lampard always appear in seat 1 as main anchor, whilst Kaye Adams appears in seat 1 unless appearing as a panellist. Coleen Nolan, Jane Moore and Nadia Sawalha appear in seat 1 occasionally to guest anchor.

Nolan always appears in seat 2 when appearing as a panellist. Sawalha, Stacey Solomon, Penny Lancaster and Brenda Edwards only appear in seat 2 when Nolan is not a panellist.

Carol McGiffin and Janet Street-Porter always appear in seat 3, whilst Denise Welch and Kéllé Bryan only appear in seat 3 when McGiffin or Street-Porter are not panellists.

Adams always appears in seat 4 when appearing as a panellist. Jane Moore always appears in seat 4 except for when Adams is a panellist. Gloria Hunniford and Saira Khan only appear in seat 4 when Adams or Moore are not panellists.

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 (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–(due to return in 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–

Special episodesEdit

From the 21st series, the show has started airing special 75-minutes episodes on Bank holidays and during the holiday period:

Related programmesEdit

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.[31]

International versionsEdit

  • In the United States, The Talk began in 2010.
  • In Germany, Frauenzimmer aired between 26 October 2009 and 20 November 2009. The show was cancelled due to poor ratings.[32]
  • 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 presenter of TF1 8 pm newscast, and four panellists 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 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.[33] 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.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date Ceremony Award Status Refs
2007 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won [37]
2008 Royal Television Society Best Daytime Programme Nominated [38]
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [39]
2009 Television and Radio Industries Club TV Daytime Programme award Won [40]
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [39]
TV Times Awards Favourite Programme Won [41]
2010 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme Won [42]
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [43]
2011 National Television Awards Topical Magazine Programme Nominated [44]
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


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