Now it’s no secret that I’ve had my virtual falling-outs with the team at Loose Women. They are not girls to hold back, nor do they profess to be experts in any of their discussion topics. What they are, is opionated, outspoken women, who don’t hold back on what they believe. A bit like me, and lots of other women – and that’s a good thing. They are not always right, as the link above illustrates, but they do get things talked about, and for that reason I was happy to take the opportunity to conduct an interview with Loose Women Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams.
You can read the whole interview here, which reveals the two to be complete opposites in style and beliefs, yet good partners on the show. Here are a couple of the questions I put to them, and their responses:
Kaye – you started your career in political journalism, interviewing figures like Margaret Thatcher. How does a role like that compare to being on the Loose Women panel, particularly in terms of the characters you meet?
Kaye Adams: “In actual fact, it doesn’t really differ that much! I know people will laugh, but people are people, you know? Politicians are a certain breed and many of them take themselves very seriously. They’re very well-informed and knowledgeable about certain things, but as we’ve seen over the years, they’ve all got their frailties, egos and weak points. Often, when you dig into their personal lives, you see very normal behaviour. That’s why I never like to make any distinction between people, and I always think there’s a tendency to do that.”
I love this answer. How many of us – especially those work-at-home or stay-at-home parents, and digital workers who spend large proportions of their day alone – feel nervous about approaching, or talking to someone outside their normal comfort-zone? I know when I first met BritMums founders Jen and Susanna four years ago I was terrified! It seems ridiculous now – when I can confidently turf one of them off my chair at a BritMums Live session (sorry Susanna) – but it’s easy to think of other people as more important than you, and therefore a little bit scary.
But Kaye is right; people are just people. They’re probably as nervous as you about making mistakes in public, and it pays to remember that they have the same vulnerabilites as everyone else. Over the years my confidence has grown, to the point where politely introducing myself to Fearne Cotton, and chatting about bread rolls and morning-sickness didn’t feel alarming at all. Do it, people!
You both co-presented on the very first Loose Women 15 years ago. How would you say the show has changed over that time?
Kaye Adams: “People’s experiences have changed, and I think Loose Women has changed as much as it needs to for it to stay relatable. Because, you know, the world changes. The women have changed. You want to bring in new, younger audiences. I mean, if you don’t change, then you just stagnate. The show has changed naturally as time has gone on, but I think that’s a really good thing.”
Now this is an interesting answer. Clearly the show is popular; a popular TV show, needs constant evolution to retain – and probably at the request of producers, grow – its audience. Personally, I think the need for controversy and the attention it attracts, is often detrimental to the very important messages the show often presents. Sometimes the need to shout about popular myth for the sake of views and conversation overrides the truth, and that is a shame.
What I’d like to see from the Loose Women, is an occasional focus on something important that would benefit from being highlighted on such a high-profile show. I’d like to see them invite experts to educate, and debunk the media hype about under-acknowledged problems in the world. I’d like to see them with open minds, ready to learn, as well as talk.
What do you think ladies? I’d make myself available at the drop of a hat to help out…