• Bonnie Kaye Adams returned as host and delivered a series of unintentionally amusing introductions. “After the break find out why Michelle Collins gets pas-sionate about women in prison” was one noticeable clanger, as was “Now Kym, you’ve had a great career with a hit single”.
• The aforementioned Kym Marsh seemed to fit in well as a new panellist, confessing to bad wind, trying on thongs and discussing Jack Ryder’s help with a bee sting on her bum cheek.
• “At last we have a panellist who can sing” was Kaye’s response to the new member, a quip aimed straight at grannies’ favourite Jane McDonald.
• Carol McGiffin didn’t her previous marriage to Chris Evans for once.
• Michelle Colllins proved spunky and provoked a heated debate on crime, livening up an otherwise apathetic show.
• Carol’s photo of Kaye drunk on top of a porcelain horse.
• It’s so much better than Nigella and for that we should be thankful. Despite its faults, Loose Women is personable and relevant enough for its housewife audience and could well be the staple of success for ITV Day.
• Kaye constantly making references to, or copping a feel of, Coleen Nolan’s enormous boobs. Please don’t encourage the woman, her inappropriate tops are bad enough.
• A bit of warm banter is always welcome on this type of programme but 20 minutes of holiday snaps and recollections of caravan trips was pushing the limits of our attention span. At times the informality made us wonder if the panel knew it was on air – for all her hosting experience, Kaye needs to instil a bit more direction in future.
• Some of the panel were uncomfortable tackling heavyweight issues. On IVF and reforms allowing parents to choose the sex of their baby, Kym’s response was “that’s just wrong”.
• No fabulously barmy Sherrie Hewson.