Loose Women finally sets ITV return date after six weeks off the air

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Loose Women has finally set a date to return to screens after six weeks off the air.

The popular daytime talk show stopped airing new episodes back in March in order to prepare for the UK’s then impending lockdown and adhere to rules and regulations surrounding who should and shouldn’t be going to work.

In the meantime ITV aired old episodes of the daytime hit, showing its various panellists hosting discussions and getting up to their usual entertaining antics.

And now after a six-week break, fans will finally get a new fix of the hit show, with the much-loved panel returning to screens this coming Monday.

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“We are thrilled to be able to bring Loose Women back for brand new shows in the studio from Monday,” said Emma Gormley, managing director of ITV Daytime Studios.

“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”.

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Loose Women editor, Sally Shelford added, "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”.

The new coronavirus lockdown measures also saw a number of other changes being made to the network’s daytime line-up, with talk show Lorraine being taken off air and host Lorraine Kelly joining the Good Morning Britain team.

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby continue to present their daily This Morning segments where they (virtually) host guests and experts who keep fans up-to-date with everything they need to know about coronavirus and life under lockdown.

The first episode of the newly-returned Loose Women will air on ITV on Monday 4th May at 12.30pm.

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