Loose Women pulled off air this week in huge ITV schedule shake-up

Loose Women has been pulled off air this week in a huge ITV schedule shake-up.

The popular ITV daytime show will not air for the rest of the week following Monday's episode, as the network has cleared the schedule for The 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

Loose Women normally airs at 12.30pm Monday to Friday, straight after This Morning, but fans of the show will have to wait until next week for normal scheduling to resume.

The show first launched back in 1999, and it sees a host of rotating female celebrities appear on the panel to discuss current news and showbiz.

On the roster is stars such as Ruth Langsford, Denise Welch, Coleen Nolan, Christine Lampard and Janet Street-Porter.

More recently, it's welcomed The Saturdays' Frankie Bridge and TV presenter Katie Piper.

Stacey Solomon, who shot to fame on The X Factor in 2009, is also a much-loved panelist, however, her appearances have been less frequent as she's been expanding her family with husband, Joe Swash.

Although Loose Women fans will have to miss out on their fix of the show this week, they will still be able to watch Lorraine and This Morning, which will air at their regular times.

A Place in the Sun has also been cleared from Channel 4's schedule to make way for The 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival – one of the biggest events in horse racing – starts on Tuesday, March 14 and ITV will show five races live on each of the four days.

The Opening Show, which runs from 8.30 to 10am, has been extended to an hour and a half and will be shown on ITV4 on the morning of each race day.

Coverage of the racing will begin from 1pm to 4.30pm.

The final two races of the event will be shown on Racing TV and on a bookies' live stream service.

On Monday's episode of Loose Women, the panel consisted of Ruth Langsford, Katie Piper, Brenda Edwards and Janet Street-Porter.

During a candid chat about brain training, Ruth Langsford confessed that it "frightens" her when her brain "goes blank" sometimes.

She explained that the fear is compounded by the fact that Alzheimer's disease runs in her family.

The TV star lost her father in 2012 from complications caused by dementia, which her mother also suffers from.

In June 2019, Ruth's sister Julia Johnson tragically took her own life, aged 62, at her family home in Lingfield, Surrey after a long battle with depression.

Announcing the news at the time, Ruth tweeted: “My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken."


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