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Loose Women
Loose Women.svg
Format Magazine
Presented by Kate Thornton
Ruth Langsford
Andrea McLean
with (in alphabetical order)
Lynda Bellingham
Lesley Garrett
Sherrie Hewson
Lisa Maxwell
Jane McDonald
Carol McGiffin
Coleen Nolan
Arlene Phillips
Zoe Tyler
Denise Welch
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 14
Producer(s) Granada Television
(now branded ITV Studios)
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 60 Minutes
Original channel ITV
Original run 6 September 1999 – Present
External links
Official website

Loose Women is a British lunchtime television programme. It was first broadcast in 1999 on ITV. It consists of a panel of four women who interview celebrities and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip and sexism.



When it began, the series was filmed in London in Studio 3 at The London Studios. After the second series in 2000, the show moved to a Manchester studio and was briefly re-branded as Live Talk. In 2002, Loose Women returned for a third run, moving to Anglia's Studio 2 in Norwich. For series six in 2004, the show returned to The London Studios where it has remained in Studio 3, although the set has been updated three times (2005, 2007 and 2009). The show enjoys high viewing figures in its daytime slot, and, since 2007 (Series 11), has aired all year round, with only a short hiatus at Christmas and a longer 'end-of season' break in August. Of the five weekday shows, Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays are broadcast live, whereas Wednesday's and Friday's shows are pre-recorded the evening before at 5:30pm. This is due to time and cost saving measures and also so that the studio can be used for other shows.


The panel comprises four women from various middle-class professions in the entertainment and journalism industries, including actresses, singers, authors, presenters and reporters. The panel has often been criticised for being heavily middle-class, sexist and hedonstic. Although all four women are classed as presenters in the credits, one acts as the main anchor, linking to breaks and competitions and addressing the television audience. Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha were the original anchors, Sawalha left in 2002, after the birth of her first child and Adams held on to role for the first ten series until the end of 2006, when she left to go on maternity leave. Adams was expected to return for a new series, but in August 2007 she confirmed in her newspaper column that after 7 years, she decided that she wanted to move on to other projects and would not be returning.[1] Occasionally, regular panelists such as Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch assume the position of anchor and there have been guest hosts, including Kate Garraway and Ruth Langsford.

From 2007 to 2009, the anchor job was shared by Jackie Brambles and Andrea McLean who each presented for half of each week, as well as covering for one another's holiday leave. Following Brambles' departure in August 2009,[2] Kate Thornton took over from her during the following month and continues to present the show in rotation with McLean. On Thursday 25th of February Kate Thornton announced that she was to take a short break from the show to record a brand new show for ITV, 71 Degrees North. She is expected to make a return in early April 2010 with Ruth Langsford acting as the second anchor in her absence.

The panellists also rotate throughout the week, with three of them appearing on each show. Only three panellists - Coleen Nolan, Carol McGiffin and Jane McDonald - always occupy the same seats when they appear, and the other ladies move around to accommodate them. Coleen Nolan is always found in the chair nearest the anchor, followed by Carol McGiffin and then Jane McDonald.

Current Panelists

Presenter Joined
Kate Thornton 2009-
Ruth Langsford 1999-2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010-
Andrea McLean 2007-
Coleen Nolan 2000, 2004-
Denise Welch 2002, 2005-
Carol McGiffin 2003-
Sherrie Hewson 2003-
Jane McDonald 2004-
Lesley Garrett 2006, 2009-
Lynda Bellingham 2007-
Zoe Tyler 2007-
Lisa Maxwell 2009-
Arlene Phillips 2010-

Related programming

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. Kaye Adams and Ted Robbins anchored each show with two more panellists, usually another male and female, who included Sherrie Hewson, Jane McDonald, Carol McGiffin, Coleen Nolan and Denise Welch from the Loose Women team and former Loose Women guests Jason Gardiner and Jeff Brazier.

Live Talk was a re-branding of Loose Women. The programme lasted 2 series; the first in 2000 and the second in 2001. Many of the former Loose Women team, came to the show including Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Pattie Coldwell, Karren Brady, Coleen Nolan and Julie Hesmondhalgh. For this new programme, many new panellists contributed including Carol McGiffin, Jenny Powell, Jenni Trent Hughes, Kathryn Apanowicz, Emily Symons, Anne Diamond, Denise Black, Kim Hughes, Sally Gunnell, Julie Peasgood, Lauren Booth, Jenni Murray, Lorraine Kelly, Tracy Shaw, Denise Welch, Heather Mills, Kate Garraway and Sheila Hancock.

Criticism and controversy

  1. On 17 June 2008, comedienne Joan Rivers was a guest on the show and made an error by not realising that the show was completely live and not recorded.[3][4] She appeared to believe that the producers would "bleep" her swearing and said the words "fucking shit", referring to film star Russell Crowe, which subsequently went live to the public on ITV at approximately 1pm in the afternoon. The co-hosts immediately apologised for Rivers' outburst and during the commercial break she was asked to leave the set and not invited to come back for her final segment. A spokesperson for the show said, "Guests are always briefed that it is a live daytime show and are reminded not to swear or use inappropriate language. An editorial decision was taken that Joan Rivers should not appear in the final part of the programme. We would like to apologise to Loose Women viewers for the inappropriate language used on today's show." Rivers, for her part, finds it all quite funny. "I said: 'I apologise.' Everyone apologised. It was hilariously funny," she says. Joan adds that this was the first time she had been removed from a TV show in 40 years and she was "thrilled".[5]
  2. On 6 June 2008, the programme was criticised by British newspaper The Guardian as offensive and hateful to both men and women, for being sexist, and a case of feminism gone too far due to the concept of having a politically incorrect representation of an all-female cast of panellists, as well as the lecherous and patronising behaviour of the panelists. [6][7]
  3. After winning the 2010 National Television Award for "Most Factual Program" Jan Moir from the Daily Mail wrote an article entitled "How was Loose Women voted best factual TV show when it is fronted by a gaggle of sexual incontinents?" The article goes on to discuss how it shows a feminist viewpoint and its content of sex, for example, "'I don't like a sucking noise,' said Sherrie, an observation that raised a geyser of sniggers from the smutbuckets who surrounded her. In Loose Women world, no entendre is ever left undoubled." It also took a grudge against the quality of quests compared to the simlar show in the United States. [8]

DVD releases

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 & Coleen Nolan, with Jane McDonald & Carol McGiffin giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the set at The London Studios. 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 will permit, and includes appearances by guests Will Mellor, Rustie Lee and Christopher Biggins.


Date Ceremony Award Status
3 September 2007 TV Quick & TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won
19 March 2008 Royal Television Society Best Daytime Programme Nominated
25 June 2008 TV Quick & TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won
10 March 2009 Television and Radio Industries Club TV Daytime Programme award Won
7 September 2009 TV Quick & TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won
28 November 2009 TV Times Awards Favourite Programme Won
20 January 2010 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme Won


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