The Loose Women bare almost all in Calendar Girls-style tribute to WI

Loose Women (opens in new tab)’s Anita Dobson and Andrea McLean are celebrating the Women’s Institute’s 100th birthday by recreating their own version of the famous Calendar Girls photos.

The two panellists have stripped off to mark the centenary of the WI. Andrea is a regular fixture on the show, while Anita joins as a guest panellist.

In a new set of photos, the pair are seen posing with nothing but pastries to protect their modesty. Another image has them holding Loose Women branded mugs in a bid to keep things decent.

Loose Women celebrate WI

Andrea McLean and Anita Dobson celebrate the WI’s milestone (ITV/PA)


The original Calendar Girls idea inspired a hit 2003 movie, which starred Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Linda Bassett and other big names.

Directed by Nigel Cole, it was based on the true story of a group of women from Yorkshire who posed nude for a calendar to raise money in aid of cancer.

It was also adapted for the stage and in 2008 opened as part of the Chichester Theatre Festival, later moving to the West End.

The theatre production starred EastEnders’ June Brown (Dot Cotton) and Anita, who played one of the lead characters, Chris.

Calendar Girls stage production

Anita Dobson and June Brown starred in the stage production of Calendar Girls (John Swanell/PA)


Talking about doing the shoot, Andrea said: “I tell you what, they didn’t need considerably bigger buns when it came to me. A couple of Jammie Dodgers and it would have been fine!”

“It was great fun though and Anita and I, we’d never worked together before and it was a case of ‘hello’ and (strips off) but it was great, all good!”

Appearing on the show to talk about it, Anita said: “We are bosom buddies now!”

“We have bonded on a very deep and meaningful level. It was really quite scary!”

Today's @loosewomen with June Brown & the @WomensInstitute #loosewomen #WI100birthday

— ImKarlLucas (@ImKarlLucas) September 16, 2015


Thanks to our brilliant audience today. Here's to the next 100 years of the fabulous @WomensInstitute #WI100

— Loose Women (@loosewomen) September 16, 2015


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