Wednesday 22 May 2019

Loose Women stars sing Goodbye as ITV shows depart South Bank HQ

The channel’s daytime shows aired their final ever episodes from the London Studios.

London Studios
London Studios

By Kerri-Ann Roper and Lucy Mapstone, Press Association

The stars of Loose Women sang Spice Girls hit Goodbye as they said farewell to the London Studios, where the show has aired for nearly 20 years.

The panel show was the last of ITV’s daytime programmes to sign off at the venue on London’s South Bank, where the channel has been located for around four decades and which is being closed to undergo a refurbishment.

Panellist and singer Stacey Solomon led the performance along with original Loose Women stars Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore, and guests Sherrie Hewson, Martin Kemp and Johnny Vegas – who dressed up as Ginger Spice for the singalong.

Adams thanked everybody who has worked at the studios over the years, and said it was “the end of an era”.

She said they will “be revealing an exciting new set” for the daytime programme on Monday, the first day ITV airs shows from a its new location in White City.

Earlier in the episode, Solomon, a Loose Women panellist since 2016, said she felt “honoured” to be sat alongside Adams, Sawalha and Moore, who appeared in the first ever episode of the programme in 1999.

Moore said: “To me it feels like yesterday we did the first show, literally yesterday.”

Today, Friday April 13, was the last day programmes including Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women were broadcast from the historic studios along the River Thames.

Good Morning Britain’s presenting team pretended to steal the news desk as they marked their final time at the studios earlier in the day.

Former This Morning presenter Fern Britton shared a farewell message as Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford hosted the programme.

She tweeted: “Watching @thismorning! The last show in its studio by the Thames. Home to the show for over twenty years. Happy memories and my love to the whole team past and present”.

Holmes and Langsford were joined by Rylan Clark-Neal and Alison Hammond as they reminisced over highlights from the last few years.

From April 16, shows will air from a new location in White City, also home to various BBC broadcasts, while the South Bank is redeveloped.

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