FOOTBALLERS' WIVES REUNION!
While Gary Lucy joined us to talk about his return to Hollyoaks, we invited actress Susie Amy along for a Footballers' Wives reunion too!
The show ran from 2002 until 2006, with Gary and Susie’s characters Kyle and Chardonnay falling in love and having the most extravagant WAG wedding ever. Sadly, Chardonnay died from anorexia after two series.
Now, 15 years later, Gary and Amy were reunited on the show AND recreated their magical wedding scene.
‘When we did the show we didn’t know what we were doing,' Gary admitted. 'We just didn’t get it. Then it went down a storm. It was an amazing a time and this one [Susie] made it amazing.’
Susie admitted: ‘It was so fun, it was one of my favourite jobs. I was 20 and he was 19 when we were cast.
‘I remember when I auditioned I asked who was playing Kyle and they said it was him I thought, “I really want to get this one because he’s absolutely gorgeous!”'
Watch the videos to see the interview with Gary and Susie AND the incredible Footballers' Wives wedding scene recreated!
CHRISTINE MCGUINNESS OPENS UP ABOUT HER AUTISTIC TWINS WITH HUSBAND PADDY MCGUINESS 'IT'S CHALLENGING BUT THEY ARE HAPPY AND HEALTHY'
Christine, who has three children with husband Paddy McGuinness, joined us to talk for the first time about their four-year-old twins - Leo and Penelope - who are autistic.
'Initially when they were diagnosed it was shock, instant shock,' Christine revealed. 'We had absolutely no idea they had autism even though the signs were there. They were non-verbal until they were three, they both walked on their tip toes, they didn’t socialise very well, they still do struggle with socialising with other children, that’s probably one of the most heartbreaking parts of it because that’s just something you expect your children to do, go and make lots of friends. It is quite common for children and adults with autism to struggle with socialising.'
'They were our first children – initially when the paediatrician said I’m quite certain your children have autism I felt quite angry that she’d seen something I hadn’t seen in my children and I thought how can she see that? I’ve raised these, I’ve been with them every single day and surely I would know if there was something not quite right with them, but it was just a lack of knowledge on my part,' Christine, who also has 10-month-old Felicity, added.
'Paddy was there, he was completely stunned too. When we went away and researched it everything did fall into place. We had seen it, we just didn’t know it was autism. I still only see it as part of their personality.'
TV PRESENTER CHARLIE WEBSTER 'THEY TOLD ME I WAS GOING TO DIE'
Sport presenter Charlie joined us to talk about contracting malaria in Rio last year - and being told she was going to die.
Charlie had cycled through Brazil to the Olympic Games but became seriously ill during the opening ceremony.
'I knew something was wrong but I’m quite stubborn, so I ignored it as I was meant to be presenting on the Olympics,' Charlie explained. 'I was haemorrhaging. That’s how it started. Then I started not being able to breathe very well. I went back so I could see Team GB walk out - it was so important to me.'
But just three days later, Charlie went to a clinic and ended up in hospital, ‘They told me I was dying.'
OUR BODY STORIES CAMPAIGN COMES TO LIFE WITH LOOSE WOMEN VIEWERS
When we stripped off for our Body Stories campaign in April 2017, we were overwhelmed with viewers sharing their own body stories.
And a group of wonderful women from Yorkshire recreated our Body Stories picture bravely stripping off to their underwear for their own shoot. So we invited them to talk to Andrea, Katie, Linda and Saira about their personal reasons for taking part.
LIVE & KICKING PRESENTERS EMMA FORBES AND ANDI PETERS ARE REUNITED!
When Emma joined us to talk about body confidence in her fifties, little did she know we were going to spring a surprise on her!
We invited her 1990s Live & Kicking co-presenter Andi to join her in the studio - and it was like we were younger again!
Watch the video to see Emma and Andi reminiscing about kids TV.
ANDREA MCLEAN AND NADIA SAWALHA CRY AS WE LAUNCH THE LIGHTEN THE LOAD HERO AWARD
We've talked openly about mental health issues since our Lighten The Load campaign launched in 2016.
And Andrea and Nadia were both overcome with emotion talking about their experiences again as we launched the Lighten The Load Hero Award which will be presented at the Mind Media Awards later this year.
'Sometimes just a kind word from someone can make a huge difference to your mental health,' Andrea said.
'I would like to nominate my hero. Basically this is someone that I work with here on Loose Women. Now you wouldn’t necessarily think that a work colleague is someone you open up to, when you come to work you put your work face on and you present your best possible self. You keep hidden something that might be bothering you – for me it was post-natal depression,' Andrea went on to explain as she got emotional.
'I was being so careful to make sure I came across as professional, don’t show any weakness, don’t cry in front of anybody, don’t crack, don’t break, keep going you can do this. And the one person who saw through all that was Donna. Donna is my friend and make-up artist here at Loose Women,' Andrea said before inviting Donna onto the show and sharing a hug.
'All she said was, "I think you need to get some help". It was just those little words that made me go to the doctors to get some medical help that I didn’t even realise that I needed.'