Loose Women to return to ITV from live studio after six week break

Loose Women is returning to ITV after six weeks off the air.

The daytime favourite will be back on our screens from their live studio from Monday, 4 May, after taking a break due to the spread of coronavirus. 

However, there will be adjustments in filming to adhere to social distancing restrictions.

A statement from ITV read: ‘ Adhering to all of the necessary social distancing requirements, there will be some adjustments to the broadcast of Loose Women during this first phase of returning to air.  

‘Three women will be in the studio with one panellist joining via video link. There will also be some pre recorded shows across the week in addition to live shows on Mondays and Wednesdays to limit the footfall at the studios.’

Loose Women editor Sally Shelford said: ‘At Loose Women we have made it our mission to stop the stigma and start a conversation about mental health, covering issues from postnatal depression to anxiety and addiction. With many of our viewers struggling with lockdown, speaking openly and honestly about mental health worries to offer comfort and advice has never felt more important.’

And managing director of daytime at ITV Emma Gormley said: ‘We are thrilled to be able to bring Loose Women back for brand new shows in the studio from Monday. As we continue to respond to the crisis and adapt our shows accordingly we’ve made some temporary adjustments to enable us to get back on air whilst ensuring the safety of all of our teams. 

‘We know our viewers have missed their daily lunchtime catch up with the Loose Women and we look forward to hearing from them all on Monday.’

The show – which features panellists such as Janet Street-Porter, Andrea McLean, Stacey Solomon and Nadia Sawalha – previously filmed with a skeleton crew and no audience as Covid-19 began to spread.

Other ITV daytime shows including This Morning and Good Morning Britain have gone ahead, although presenters and guests must sit two metres apart to ensure social distancing measures are in place.

Loose Women will return to ITV at 12.30pm on 4 May.

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