Tamsin's back with some New Tricks

Money, popularity, career... nothing is more important than the children

– Tamsin Outhwhaite on New Tricks

After originally finding fame in EastEnders in 1998 playing Melanie Healy, whose Millennium Eve marriage to Ian Beale attracted more than 20 million viewers, Tamzin Outhwaite has never struggled to find work after quitting the mainstream soap.

In 2013 she joined the hugely popular BBC drama, New Tricks, playing DCI Sasha Miller.

It’s the end of an era. After 12 years, the detectives of the BBC1 drama New Tricks will be tackling their final cases. Tamsin said, "I think it's done. 12 series, it's quite a long time... it's going out on a high."

Tamsin has decided to take a gap year at the age of 44. She said that she finished college in 1990 and has been lucky to not have a break since. But quality time with her daughters called and she is currently 'three months into my gap year that I never had.'

New Tricks is on tonight, 9pm BBC One.

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We're not Daydream Believing, it's The Monkees

They were the original manufactured boy band and had millions of fans across the globe. We're not Daydream Believing, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork from The Monkees will be joining us on our first week back. What a treat!

We'd love to hear your Monkees stories: were you a huge Monkees fan back in the day? Are you still obsessed with them now? Tell us about the lengths you went to meet the boys and we'd love to see your pictures of you with the band. Email us your story loose.women@itv.com

T'ra chuck. A final goodbye to the legendary Cilla

Cilla Black will be laid to rest today in her hometown of Liverpool.

Sir Cliff Richard is leading musical tributes and Cilla's friends from the world of showbiz including Paul O'Grady, Jimmy Tarbuck and Christopher Biggins, are to give readings during the ceremony.

Cilla was a regular on the Loose Women panel and always had us laughing with her warmth, wit and scouse charm.

We'll miss you, chuck. We had a lorra lorra laughs.

Loose Ladies: Andrea McLean, Cilla Black, Jane Moore and Sherrie Hewson

Loose Women: Series Best Bits!

That's a wrap folks! It's been another incredible year here on Loose Women and we've loved bringing you the news, debates and celebrity stories of the day. From the success of our Domestic Violence and 'Say No To CO' campaigns, to hearing stories of real people and welcoming world-class stars of the screen and stage, it's all been a blast. So, incase you missed any of it, here's a round-up of our series best bits...enjoy!

Have a fantastic summer and we'll see you in September!

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