We’ve welcomed our Loose Women members back into the studio this week, and it’s fair to say that they’re back with a bang. Our favourite people to have a lunchtime brew with have returned to our screens, and they’re louder, funnier and more opinionated than ever before. But that’s not all – this time, when people turn on their TV screens for their daily dose of Loose Women, they may well notice a few changes…
So what’s new?
Firstly, a new set. The new-look Loose Women set features a smaller table for the panel to sit behind, and two big sofas. The presenters are better-placed to cosy up to guests (and one another), meaning their conversations are more intimate than ever.
But that’s not all. As detailed in our Meet the Loose Women post, some new faces have joined the familiar ones. The legendary Judy Finnigan, much-loved Gloria Hunniford, jet-setting Penny Lancaster and sharp-tongued Sharon Osbourne, are all new additions to the team.
On joining the Loose Women panel, Sharon said:
The last time I was a Loose Woman earlier this year I had such a ball with the other panellists and the audience that I can’t wait to do it again. It’s refreshing to be able to talk about real issues with other women while having a great laugh at the same time.’
I’m still heavily involved with my US show The Talk but when I’m back in the UK I’m looking forward to opening up on issues the Americans would rather not discuss at lunchtime.
Sharon isn’t the only one looking forward to the changes. The existing Loose women are really excited about the additions to the panel.
Andrea McLean told Radio Times:
I’m really thrilled that Judy has come out of her little retirement to join Loose Women.
Judy is obviously a bit shyer than Richard. He tends to do the chatting when they’re on, but I think she’s a brilliant addition. She’s a smart, intelligent, thoughtful lady and I’m sure she’ll have some brilliant opinions on all the different topics we’re going to raise.
What we’ve seen so far
This week has seen the Loose Women presenters discussing a range of matters, from the rise in drink driving among women and the obesity crisis, to pregnancy and NHS spending. However some light-hearted topics have also been thrown into the mix.
Throughout the week, the ladies have welcomed stars and popular personalities to the studio. There was Joan Collins OBE, to whom Janet almost curtseyed. Sir Roger Moore charmed and delighted in equal measure; Jason Donovan, accompanied by Alan Davies, both left the presenters’ sides aching with laughter.
What can we look forward to?
The new series shows no signs of slowing down. There is a host of exciting guests on the horizon, with Anastacia, Westlife’s Shane Filan, Professor Green, Paul Hollywood and Michael Ball all preparing to come in for a natter.
The show also promises more audience and viewer interaction.
As Andrea says:
“It will be a lot more energetic, which is fun. A lot more upbeat and jolly.”
So stay tuned, Loose Women fans!
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