Films: C is for... Cagney and Lacey By TV Cream Posted on July 14, 2009 Share Tweet Share Share Email Comments FROM 1981 Eh? No colons? Why, it’s the original TVM! With Hotlips Swit instead of Gless. But no Detective LaGuardia, sadly, and we don’t think *that* theme tune is anywhere to be seen either, although we’d welcome confirmation of this. Related Items:Loretta Swit, Pointy pointy boss man back at the station - hang on the name'll come to me in a minute....., Tyne Daly Share Tweet Share Share Email Recommended for you Freebie and the Bean 8 Comments 8 Comments Cindylover1969 July 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm *That* theme tune is indeed nowhere to be seen, neither in the pilot movie nor indeed in the first season (the one with neither Hotlips nor Sharon Gless – the latter was first choice but she was still tied up with “M*A*S*H” at the time, thus clearing the way for Meg Foster and her creepy eyes) – Bill Conti got the call when the future star of “The Trials Of Rosie O’Neill” arrived. As Conti told Jon Burlingame in the latter’s excellent book on TV music, the reason such a grim and miserable show has such an upbeat, cheerful sax-led theme tune is that CBS had scheduled “Cagney & Lacey” after the sadly-underrated-over-here “Newhart” and they wanted to hold its audience, and also to not “advertise that it’s a cop show.” Reply paulus - bangkok July 13, 2010 at 5:58 am Not enough “wacka-wacka” guitar to be a true 70’s cop show! Reply David Smith July 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm Presumably the “flasher bit” must have come from an actual episode in the series – as was generally the case with title sequences of this period – so wouldn’t have needed lip reading by the lazy Points of View letter-writers… Reply TV Cream July 14, 2010 at 10:09 am Actually, the culmination of that long and slightly tedious PoV correspondence (spot the tautology there) was a message from Tyne Daly herself, claiming that the shot was indeed a bit of stand-alone whimsy shot specially for the title sequence while they were on location, the ‘dialogue’ was non-existent and ad-libbed on the spot, and therefore the viewing several were, once again, wasting their time. Although that may well just have been a fib to shut them up… Reply Cindylover1969 August 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm “Not enough “wacka-wacka” guitar to be a true 70’s cop show!” The fact that it began and ended in the ’80s may have had something to do with it. Reply paulus - bangkok August 16, 2010 at 3:27 am Very true! The 80’s it was. Still a shite show though. Reply The Haj August 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm As Victoria Wood said ‘Couldn’t they repaint the ladies? It would only take Harvey the weekend to do it’ Reply Glenn A August 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm It also featured Martin Kove as some muscle flexing hard man detective, which probably set him up for his best known role as the evil Sensei Kreese in The Karate Kid. Still, a very good show for its time and I enjoyed the re runs on BBC Two a couple of years ago, but the ladies toilets, they were like something out of a Glasgow dive. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.