Meet the pair behind Cornwall’s own ‘Loose Women’ show

It’s been described as Cornwall’s own version of Loose Women mixed with Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Thinking Women is the only show of its kind in Cornwall and has enjoyed a successful first year since starting in December 2019.

The show – which has in excess of 50,000 views on Facebook – is a mix of gossip, thought-provoking interviews and top tips alongside music, cooking and fashion with more serious issues like finance, menopause and health.

Thinking Women: The Intelligent Conversation Show to give it its full name is the brainchild of Mags de Valois and Louise Able. Both had worked in TV before having kids, Lou as senior producer of global entertainment at Associated Press Television News and Mags as a BBC expert in finance and pensions.

Lou said of the show which is shot out of the Cornwall Channel’s Bodmin studio: “Although not 100% of our guests are from Cornwall, we do aim to make the balance 80/90% in favour of dynamic women and businesses from the South West.”

Over the year they’ve recorded seven 30-minute programmes in the studio plus two lockdown specials on Zoom.

The presenters with singer Daisy Clark

Cornish guests who have appeared on the show include iTunes and YouTube sensations Bailey Tompkinson and Daisy Clark, Cherilyn Mackrory MP, Cath King of Truro’s Old Bakery, Penny Paddle and Verona Cox of Paddle and Cox solicitors and celebrity makeup artist Ella Butler.

The pair could probably fill a programme with their own stories.

Mags is an experienced actuary and award-winning thought leader, a graduate of the BBC Academy for expert TV presenters, a Freeman of the City of London, a non-executive director at IMERYs and Cornwall Council as well as a keen musician, founder of Crantock Chamber Music series and a pianist for the National Trust, performing regular recitals.

All that and she’s a single mum of twin girls aged three too.

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Lou, who has lived in Cornwall for 20 years, was a TV producer for several Rolling Stones tours, as well as Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins and more big names, European music reporter and producer for CNN, a health and wellness business mentor and expert, and is currently freelance TV presenter.

Louise Able interviews the Old Bakery’s Cath King

She has two sons – 23-year-old Dan is a member of celebrated band The Velvet Hands and 22-year-old Adam is at university.

The Christmas and anniversary Thinking Women show will feature a ‘best of the year’ package and guests including chef Chris Eden, the first Cornishman to gain a Michelin star who is now based at award-winning Gidleigh Park in Devon. He’ll be cooking something festive, plus there will be a special acoustic harmony version of Last Christmas with Bailey Tompkinson, Daisy Clark and Louella Jade Eke … plus a cake.

You can see the show here.

Cornwall Live