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Loose Women - Girls Night In, is a book written as a spin-off from the daytime ITV show. The TV show is a panel of 4 Female celebrities of a certain age, some with children, some married, some single etc. and they all discuss the 'hot topics' such as sex, kids, paedophilia, stories from the Daily Mail etc. I do enjoy watching Loose Women if nothing else is on and it can sometimes be quite funny.
I was bought this book as a christmas present from someone who slightly over-estimated how much I like the show, and it was a hilarious present to receive; but last night I finally decided I would open it and have a read.
I managed about 20 pages. The book is basically a notated version, or a script, of the TV show, it's the girls talking about various things - friends, marriage, sex, etc. This is OK for a little light viewing - but do you really want to read 100's of pages of these women's opinions about random rubbish?
I do enjoy the TV show of Loose Women, but the book just felt like a cheap knock-off of it, a way to make a little extra money for them. It all feels scripted, silly, some of them just seem SO dull it's unreal... However if you have read this review and STILL feel compelled to buy and read it, I will be putting my copy on Ebay within the next couple of days so look out for a bargain!
Every now and again , I find myself sitting down at lunchtime watching an episode of lunchtime.I wouldn't say I'm a massive fan of Loose Women , but it is the programme I always watch if I happen to have the television on while I'm eating my lunch. I wouldn't say it's my favourite television programme , but I wouldn't say I dislike it either! To me , it's one of them programmes that you just have to watch.
Loose Women is a British lunchtime television programme which is broadcast on ITV1 from Monday to Friday. The show has run since 1999 although I only first heard about the show about four years ago. The show is mainly aimed at women , although I do know of a few 'men' who are quite happy to sit down and watch an episode. The show aires between 12:30 and 1:30 pm on a weekday.
The show consists of a panel of four famous women who discuss everyday topics that affect women as well as interviewing celebrities! The main presenters on the show are Coleen Nolan (member of the pop band , The Nolans) , Jane McDonald (famous singer) and Carol McGiffin (Chris Evan's ex-wife), although there are a few regular ones who appear on the show such as Denise Welch and Lynda Bellingham. There are certainly a lot of laughs to be had whilst watching this show.
When I heard that the Loose Women had a book out called Girls Night In ( I actually first heard about this book when Amy69 wrote a review about it), I just had to buy it! The book cost me £9.99 from play.com. The cover consists of eight members of the team : Coleen Nolan , Carol McGiffin, Jane McDonald , Denise Welch (played barmaid Natalie in Coronation Street), Sherrie Hewson (Maureen from Coronation Street) , Jackie Brambles ( Ex GMTV correspondent) , Lynda Bellingham (who has appeared in The Bill) and Andrea McLean (Weather Girl) sitting in a group , all looking 'shocked' as they peek at a 'secret' diary. The background is pink which suggests it's a girlie book.
The book consists of thirteen chapters , where each chapter has the women discussing a different topic. Such topics include 'diets' , 'Younger Men' and ' Getting Older'.
The interview is set in like an interview format. The topic is printed at the top of the page and then each woman has their say about it. The book actually reminds me of a printed version of the show , as the book has the exact same format as the show. The women certainly don't hold back and let out all their secrets. When reading the conversations , I could actually hear their voices in my head saying what I was reading!
I really enjoyed this book. It's so addictive that I just had to finish it in one night!There are a lot of of laughs to be had whilst reading this book , especially from Coleen Nolan ; she cracks me up everytime! If your looking for something light hearted and fun then this is your book!
One thing I was disappointed with , was the fact that a lot of what is in the book is actually 'things' I have already heard them say on their show , and so some things didn't come as a suprise to me. I only watch the show now and again and yet I still recognised quite a bit from the show in the book , so for someone who watches the show every single day , might have seen it all before.
However , if your looking for something fun to read then this is perfect!
Thanks For Reading!
October 24th 2009
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
I love watching ''Loose Women'' on TV and feel it's like sitting down for a good gossip with a load of girlfriends. Every time it's on, I get involved in the debates and they spark discussions at home with whoever is around. My teenage daughters are fans of the show too.
So when I heard a book was coming out, I definitely wanted to read it! But would the fun and camaraderie so obvious on the telly really be able to translate to the written word?
The eight Loose Women are all featured in the book -
Coleen Nolan is one of my favourites. Baby of the Nolan Sisters, 4th in Dancing On Ice and ex-wife of Shane Richie, Coleen comes across as warm, witty, maternal and lovely. I especially relate to her when she is discussing weight problems and parenting issues.
Jane McDonald became famous on reality TV show ''The Cruise'' and is a successful singer. I like her for her glamour and Northern twang.
Sherrie Hewson is an actress of many years' experience, most famously in ''Coronation Street''. She is eccentric and comes out with some wonderful things, so she always makes me laugh. She is single and devoted to her daughter and grandson.
Another former ''Corrie'' star is Denise Welch, now Steph in ''Waterloo Road'' and married to co-star Tim Healy. I love Denise and find my opinions usually correspond with hers.
Carol McGiffin was my least favourite for a while. I only knew her for being the ex-wife of Chris Evans, but she has had a long career as a journalist too. I have finally warmed to her, but she does come across as brash and loud-mouthed.
Actress Lynda Bellingham is someone I love listening to. She is dignified and intelligent and often comes out with real wisdom and sense.
The two anchors of the show are former weather girl Andrea McLean and DJ Jackie Brambles and I feel I know these two least, perhaps because they are there more to structure the discussions than to participate themselves. They are both mothers of young children, so I am interested to hear about their lives, but don't feel I would get on with them as well as some of the other Loose Women.
This book features the views of all eight of these wonderful women. It is organised into chapters which cover specific topics - friendship, relationships, sex, travel, family, appearance and so on. The chapters read like big group discussions between the girls, with each speaker's name written in like a script.
I enjoyed the format and found the voices of the women were happily reading out their bits in my head. The only concern I had was not knowing whether the conversations were taken from TV shows, or were from chat sessions specifically for the book or something else. I would have liked to have seen an introduction explaining this.
The book is very readable; I could have happily sat down and read it all in one sitting, if I'd had the time. It is great fun and I found myself laughing out loud at some parts and relating to a lot of what the girls were saying. It is reassuring to know that even glamorous television presenters worry incessantly about a particular body part!
My eighteen-year-old daughter has read about half the book and is enjoying it too. I would recommend this for any women from teenagers upwards, but especially the 35-65 age group. The only section of the population that should avoid it are the males. My husband always ends up shouting at the telly when ''Loose Women'' is on and complaining about the sexism they 'get away with' and he'd hate this book. But that's fine - because I loved it!
A version of this review was first published on the Bookbag website.