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Letting It All Hang Loose
Member Name: littlepenguin
Advantages: Great range of presenters, some interesting guests, often funny
Disadvantages: Aimed solely at women, each show is similar to the next one, not as good as some other chat shows
I don't know about you, but I like to loosen up around lunch. Kick back, relax and hand myself over to fun, carefree television. I'm not claiming that Loose Women is top-notch quality viewing, but it is guaranteed to be a good laugh.
Each day, Monday to Friday, four celebrities present a discussion programme, with two different guests appearing on the show each time. These four ladies vary from day to day (I will go into this in more depth later) which helps to spice up the programme.
The hour includes the ladies debating the chosen topics - today's being "Are you a fan of holding hands?", "How do you keep boredom out of your life?", "Were you born with dancing shoes on?" and "What do you think about schools monitoring your child's weight?"
So, as you can see, the topics are pretty general, although often relevant to what has cropped up in the media that week. What really makes them interesting is the way the loose women chop in with their own tales and often have completely different opinions from one another. The gang are an interesting mix of personalities who have come to be a loose woman from a variety of careers; some are journalists or presenters, others actresses and singers. You wouldn't necessarily recognise them all, but I'm pretty sure that being on this panel show has made them known to a more mainstream audience.
=====Meet the Loose Women=====
Each day one woman leads the others, introducing the topics and managing the discussion, ensuring that things don't get out of control! Typically that is Kate Thornton or Andrea McLean, but lately Ruth Langsford has been filling in a lot. I've not been too keen on this, finding Friday's 'This Morning' just bearable when she presents it with her husband, Eamonn Holmes.
Andrea is my favourite to take this role, as she comes across as very experienced, but still sweet, kind and friendly. Kate Thornton is relatively new to the role, but I think she's fitted in well. It's interesting to see how much her presenting skills have improved since her Pop Idol days.
The other Loose Women are:
* Carol McGiffin
* Jane McDonald
* Denise Welch
* Sherrie Hewson
* Coleen Nolan
* Lisa Maxwell
* Zoe Tyler
* Lynda Bellingham
* Lesley Garrett
At first I disliked Carol, but I soon started to enjoy her controversial view on topics which constantly left me screaming at the television! Over time she has found a younger man and she seems much happier now. Her toy boy is a constant source of teasing as is her alcohol habit, but you can't help but enjoy these running jokes!
I love vocal coach Zoe Tyler for her child-like sense of fun and Coleen Nolan for her sarcasm, boobs that any woman would be jealous of and the way she incessantly flirts with the gorgeous male guests! Like most of the Nolans, she has managed to make a great career after her original success with the band.
Denise, Sherrie, Lisa and Lynda are the actresses of the group, whereas Jane and Lesley are both successful singers.
Lynda has recently starred in the West End production of Calendar Girls and has an autobiography that has just come out. (In fact, it's amazing how many of the loose ladies have released books lately!) She is incredibly elegant and sophisticated with a very distinctive voice and brings such a presence to the show, as well as representing the more mature lady.
Sherrie is also a little older than most of the gang. Most of the women think Sherrie is a little mad, but I sort of get where she's coming from most of the time! She is very loveable and sometimes painfully honest about her past.
Jane is very down-to-earth and quite traditional. She only stopped living with her Mother very recently!
I find Lisa Maxwell and Lesley Garrett slightly irritating. They both have good hearts, but I don't particularly identify with either of them or miss them when they're away.
Last, but not least, is 'Waterloo Road' star, Denise Welch. She is always hilarious and pours her heart out, not thinking of the consequences until afterwards! She is very cheeky and full of disgusting, side-splitting innuendos. Denise is definitely a favourite of ours!
This programme has continued to run for nearly a decade and this year won a National Television Award. And yes, I did vote.
With this great blend of females appearing regularly on the show, it's not a surprise that it's pretty successful.
The set has been updated in the last year and now has a swish, modern feel. The walls and desk are a variety of plums and purples, with some silver shelves, vases and elegant flowers. It is a lot better than it used to be and has spruced it up. I couldn't fault their set really.
It never fails to amuse me that the studio audience is so enthusiastic and loud throughout the show! It's pretty impressive actually.
The guests they have on the show are really a mixed bag. I suppose Robbie Williams is the most famous celebrity that has recently been on the show - they certainly made quite a big thing of it! You may or may not be interested to know that Robbie is, in fact, a dedicated follower of the show and tunes in everyday, which I'd say is a rather good endorsement!
However, the guests aren't always that extraordinary! There is a general influx of reality TV show contestants, though thankfully these are usually from 'Dancing on Ice' or have returned from the jungle in 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me out Of Here!' Some are pleasant and engaging like Hayley Tamaddon, but if they're naturally a bit bland then the loose ladies do their best to get something out of them. And if all else fails, they come in early, quizzing them on their opinions in relation to one or two of today's topics.
Naturally, Loose Women suits its target audience of women not at work, for whatever reason. But I do feel it should try and draw in male viewers in some way, even if it is just a short feature presented by a man, for men, or something.
I know people who accuse the show of being anti-men and I sort of see where they are coming from, but I don't think this is strong enough to offend me at all. They all love their men, but openly criticise or analyse them. Perhaps though, men doing the same thing would not be able to get away with this.
Overall, I think Loose Women is a light, enjoyable programme that's worth a watch, but not something I would worry about missing.
Summary: Worth watching if you have time