Loose Women
Also known asLive Talk (2000–2001)
GenreTalk show
Created byDiane Nelmes[1]
Presented by
StarringFull list
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seriesLoose Women: 28
Live Talk: 2
Executive producerEmma Gormley
  • Helen Stuart
  • Eleanor Cotter (senior)
  • Mattie Jameson (senior)
  • Paul Pixton (senior)
  • Harriet Thurley (senior)
  • Sally Shelford (editor)
  • Ashley Jenkin (acting editor)
  • Yiljan Nevzat (deputy)
  • Mattie Jameson (deputy)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companiesGranada Television (1999–2002)
Anglia Television/Granada Anglia (2002–2006)
ITV Productions (2006–2009)
ITV Studios Daytime (2009–present)
Original release
Release6 September 1999 (1999-09-06)[2] –

Loose Women (known as Live Talk from 2000 to 2001) is a British talk show that broadcasts on ITV weekdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The show focuses on a panel of four female presenters who interview celebrities, talk about aspects of their lives, and discuss topical issues ranging from politics and current affairs to celebrity gossip and entertainment news. The 3,000th episode of Loose Women was broadcast on 15 May 2018.[3]

It was originally broadcast from Norwich, then Manchester, before moving to London.[citation needed]


The panel comprises four women from various professions in the entertainment and journalism industries, who interview celebrities, discuss their lives and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip.

ITV decided to scrap the original format of Loose Women and instead opted for a more condensed version of the show under the new name Live Talk. This new version was filmed in Manchester instead of London and the show kept its old roots. The rebranding made its debut on 25 September 2000 and ran for 121 episodes. On 8 June 2001, Live Talk aired for the last time until 2 September 2002 when the Live Talk format and branding was scrapped and was rebranded back to Loose Women.

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.[4]

On 22 March 2020, it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production on Loose Women had been suspended until further notice.[5] Reruns of old episodes were aired in the programme's time slot.[5] On 28 April 2020, it was announced that Loose Women would recommence production on two live episodes per week from 4 May 2020.[6]

On 22 October 2020, Loose Women featured an all black panel for the first time in the show's history, featuring Charlene White, Brenda Edwards, Judi Love and Kéllé Bryan.[7] This panel has been seen several times since then.[8]

On 19 November 2020, there was an all male panel for the first time in the show's history, to celebrate International Men's Day, altering the show's name to Loose Men for the day. Panellists featured were Marvin Humes, Iain Stirling, Ronan Keating and Roman Kemp.[9] Since then, there have been several episodes of Loose Men featuring the likes of Vernon Kay, Richard Madeley, Johannes Radebe, Mike Tindall and Ore Oduba.

the Loose Women studio during the filming of an episode in 2024

On 3 August 2022, it was announced that the live studio audience would be returning from early September, having been suspended for over two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10] The audience returned on 5 September, and new opening titles were also introduced in the same episode.

On 21 April 2023, it was announced that Loose Women would be going on a live tour in September 2023.[11]


A 2024 filming of Loose Women, with Rishi Sunak (centre) as guest, and with a panel of, Kaye Adams, Judi Love, Janet Street-Porter and Jane Moore

Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha were the original presenters 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.[12] Adams, Sawalha, Jane Moore and Karren Brady were panellists for the first episode and Ruth Langsford appeared in the second episode.

Coleen Nolan made her debut appearance in 2000 followed by Carol McGiffin. Jackie Brambles became anchor in 2006, before being replaced by Kate Thornton in 2009. Thornton was axed in 2011 and was replaced by Carol Vorderman who left in 2014.

The panel varied from 2003 to 2013 with the core panellists being Nolan, McGiffin, Denise Welch, Sherrie Hewson, Zoe Tyler, Jane McDonald, Lisa Maxwell and Lynda Bellingham. Kerry Katona, Claire Sweeney, Jenny Powell, Josie D'Arby, Kym Marsh, Nina Wadia, Terri Dwyer, Lesley Garrett, Gillian Taylforth, Sheree Murphy, Jo Bunting, Beverley Callard and Arlene Phillips also appeared.

Nolan left in 2011 and was replaced by Sally Lindsay. Other panellists during this time consisted of Linda Robson, Jenny Eclair and Janet Street-Porter.

Long-running panellists Carol McGiffin, Denise Welch, Jane McDonald and Lisa Maxwell departed from the programme in 2013.[13]

Coleen Nolan, Sawalha and Moore returned as panellists during 2013, whilst Adams returned as presenter.[14] Langsford also rejoined the programme as a presenter in 2014.[15]

On 3 August 2016, Sherrie Hewson announced on-air that she would be leaving the show. Her final episode aired on 5 September 2016.[16]

Denise Welch and Carol McGiffin returned to the show after 5 years away on 7 June 2018 and 5 July 2018 respectively.[17]

On 9 May 2019, Kéllé Bryan became a panellist after appearing as a guest on 12 April 2019.[18]

On 16 October 2019, it was confirmed that Linda Robson would return to the show after a twelve-month break due to her suffering from OCD.[19] She returned as a panellist on 17 January 2020 after appearing as a guest on 10 January 2020.[20]

In February 2019, Brenda Edwards made guest appearances as a panellist to fill in for Robson. She was then brought in as a regular panelist in March that year. Linda returned in early 2020 and Edwards has since stayed on making weekly appearances.

On 30 November 2020, Andrea McLean announced she was to leave the show after 13 years so she could concentrate on her new venture, membership website This Girl Is On Fire.[21] Her last show was on 16 December 2020.[22] On 11 January 2021, it was announced that Charlene White would become a regular anchor presenter on the show, replacing McLean after her exit from the show in December 2020.[23]

On 3 January 2021, Saira Khan announced that she would be leaving Loose Women after 5 years with immediate effect and would not return in 2021. She made her final appearance on 15 December 2020, and was replaced by Frankie Bridge in 2021.

On 23 July 2021, it was confirmed that Sunetra Sarker and Katie Piper would become regular panellists on the show.[24] On 7 September 2022, it was announced that Dame Kelly Holmes would join the show as a regular panellist.[25]

On 3 May 2023, it was reported that Carol McGiffin has been forced to leave the show due to a dispute within her contract.[26]

On 22 May 2024, it was announced that Andrea McLean will be returning to the show, after four years, in September - as part of the show's 25th Anniversary.


Current panel

Member[27][28] Duration Notes
Kaye Adams 1999–2006, 2013–present Regular panellist and relief presenter (2016–2018)
Relief panellist (2014–2015, 2019–2021)
Guest panellist (2022, 2024)
Ruth Langsford 1999–2002, 2010, 2012, 2014–present (On Hiatus) Regular panellist (1999–2000, 2002)
Guest presenter (2006, 2007, 2009, 2013)
Guest panellist (2019)
Christine Lampard 2016–present Guest panellist (2016, 2019)
Charlene White 2021–present Guest presenter (2020)
Jane Moore 1999–2000, 2002, 2013–present Relief presenter (2000, 2018–present)
Nadia Sawalha 1999–2002, 2013–present Relief presenter (1999–2002, 2016–2021)
Guest presenter (2022, 2023)
Coleen Nolan 2000–2001, 2004–2011, 2013–present Relief presenter (2014–present)
Denise Welch 2005–2013, 2018–present Guest panellist (2001, 2002)
Relief presenter (2006, 2007–2010, 2012)
Janet Street-Porter 2011–present Guest presenter (2021)
Linda Robson 2012–2018, 2020–present Guest panellist (2003, 2010, 2011)
Myleene Klass 2014, 2024–present Guest panellist (2023)
Gloria Hunniford 2014–present Guest panellist (2003)
Guest presenter (2014, 2015, 2016)
Stacey Solomon 2016–present Guest panellist (2011, 2012)
Guest presenter (2021, 2022)
Brenda Edwards 2019–present
Kéllé Bryan
Judi Love 2020–present
Frankie Bridge 2021–present Guest panellist (2020)
Sunetra Sarker
Katie Piper Guest panellist (2014)
Dame Kelly Holmes 2022–present
Olivia Attwood 2023–present Guest panellist (2023)
Joanna Page 2024–present Guest panellist (2023)
Sue Cleaver Guest panellist (2010, 2015, 2023)

Former regular presenters and panellists

Member Duration Notes
Jackie Brambles 2006–2009 Guest panellist (2005)
Carole Malone 2007 Guest panellist (2002, 2005)
Andrea McLean 2007–2020 Guest panellist (2019)
Kate Thornton 2009–2011
Carol Vorderman 2011–2014 Guest presenter (2010)
Emma Willis 2012–2013 Guest presenter (2021)
Pattie Coldwell 1999–2000
Philippa Kennedy 1999–2000
Trish Adudu 1999–2000, 2002
Karren Brady 1999–2002 Guest panellist (2017)
Anne Diamond 2000, 2016–2018 Guest presenter (2000)
Emily Symons 2000
Kathryn Apanowicz
Carol McGiffin 2000–2001, 2003–2013, 2018–2023 Guest presenter (2003, 2007)
Julie Hesmondhalgh 2001 Guest panellist (2000)
Denise Black Guest panellist (2003)
Sally Gunnell
Kim Hughes
Julie Peasgood
Kerry Katona 2003–2004 Guest panellist (2016)
Sherrie Hewson 2003–2016 Guest presenter (2003)
Guest panellist (2017)
Claire Sweeney 2003–2005, 2010 Guest panellist (2012, 2016)
Terri Dwyer 2003–2006
Jenny Powell 2000–2001, 2004–2005 Guest presenter (2000)
Jane McDonald 2004–2010, 2012–2013 Guest panellist (2011, 2015)
Josie D'Arby 2004
Lorna Luft
Amy Lame
Jenni Trent Hughes 2000–2001, 2004
Lucy-Jo Hudson 2005
Kym Marsh Guest panellist (2014, 2015, 2016)
Nina Wadia 2005–2006 Guest panellist (2015, 2016)
Sheree Murphy 2006–2007 Guest panellist (2012, 2015)
Lesley Garrett 2006, 2009–2010 Guest panellist (2014)
Gillian Taylforth 2006, 2008 Guest Panellist (2000)
Jo Bunting 2006–2008
Suzanne Shaw 2007
Lynda Bellingham 2007–2011
Zoë Tyler 2007–2011
Lisa Maxwell 2009–2014
Arlene Phillips 2010 Guest panellist (2016)
Beverley Knight
Beverley Callard Guest panellist (2016)
Cilla Black 2010–2011 Guest presenter (2009)
Guest panellist (2014)
Sarah Millican 2011
Sally Lindsay 2011–2014
Jenny Eclair 2011–2012 Guest panellist (2003)
Shobna Gulati 2013–2014 Guest panellist (2010, 2012)
Jamelia 2013–2016
Claire Richards 2014
Linda Lusardi 2014–2015 Guest panellist (2002)
Judy Finnigan 2014–2015
Penny Lancaster 2014–2021
Saira Khan 2015–2020 Guest presenter (2015)
June Sarpong 2015–2016 Guest presenter (2015)
Anita Dobson 2015
Katie Price 2015–2018 Guest panellist (2011, 2014)
Vicky Pattison 2016
Ayda Field 2016–2018 Guest panellist (2019, 2024)
Martine McCutcheon 2016–2017
Lisa Riley 2016–2018
Denise van Outen 2017–2018 Guest panellist (2014)
Kelly Brook 2018
Mel B Guest panellist (2009)
Chizzy Akudolu 2018–2019
Rebecca Ferguson 2019 Guest panellist (2017, 2018)
Sophie Morgan 2021–2024

Home media

Over the course of four years, several straight-to-DVD specials based on the series were released by ITV Studios Home Entertainment.


A range of books have been published under the brand, which has expanded to an online shop selling make-up products, champagne, personalised cups and stationery.[29]

Awards and nominations

Date Ceremony Award Status Notes Ref(s)
2007 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Show Won [30]
2008 Royal Television Society Best Daytime Programme Nominated [31]
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [32]
2009 Television and Radio Industries Club TV Daytime Programme award Won [33]
TV Quick and TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [32]
TV Times Awards Favourite Programme Won [34]
2010 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme Won [35]
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Won [36]
2011 National Television Awards Topical Magazine Programme Nominated [37]
2012 National Television Awards Best Session Nominated [38]
2016 National Television Awards Best Magazine Show Nominated [39]
TV Choice Awards Best Daytime Programme Nominated [citation needed]
2017 Diversity in Media Awards TV Moment of the Year Nominated [40]
National Television Awards Best Live Magazine Show Nominated [39]
2018 National Television Awards Best Daytime Show Nominated [41]
TRIC Awards Daytime Programme Nominated [citation needed]
2020 National Television Awards Live Magazine Show Nominated [42]
2021 Royal Television Society Best Daytime Programme Won For the first all black panel [43]
National Television Awards Daytime Programme Nominated [44]


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