Cagney & Lacey are turning their attentions from villains on the loose to Loose Women – 32 years after their hit cop series ended.
The crime-fighting duo – Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly – are to appear on the ITV show for their first joint TV interview in more than a decade.
Sharon, 77, made her name as hard-drinking policewoman Christine Cagney, while Tyne, 74, played Mary Beth Lacey.
Watched by millions every week, the show was set in the fictionalized 14th Precinct in New York City and ran for 126 episodes through the 1980s.
It played heavily on the contrast between the two women’s lives – Lacey a married mum and Cagney single and career-minded.
Their appearance is part of Loose Women’s Reunion Week, which will also feature EastEnders duo Patsy Palmer and Sid Owen, both 48 – who played Bianca and Ricky – and Vicky Entwistle, 52, and Bruce Jones, 67, aka the Battersbys on Coronation Street.
A Loose Women insider said: “We’ll be reuniting the pairings on screen and they’ll relive their highlights from working together and their most memorable times on sets.
“We find out what they’ve been up to since, if they’ve stayed in contact and how they look back on the shows that made them household names.”
As New York cop Cagney, Sharon won two Emmys – but off screen she struggled, and has spoken previously of how she battled booze.
She said in 2017: “As soon as they’d yell ‘wrap’, a Styrofoam cup with Scotch and ice was put in my hand.
“I’ve battled demons. My character on Cagney & Lacey was an alcoholic. I was facing the same demons. I hated to look at myself on screen. The only time I’d watch myself, I’d mix myself a stiff drink and after a couple I’d say, ‘Looks good to me’.”
She later married the show’s executive producer, Barney Rosenzweig.
Since Cagney & Lacey ended, she has performed in West End theatre and enjoyed roles in BBC hit The State Within, Casualty and US television dramas including Nip/Tuck, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill and Queer as Folk.
Tyne has also had a stellar career, with six Emmys – four as Lacey. She has played stage roles from Mama Rose in Gypsy to Clytemnestra in Agamemnon.
She previously said: “I got lucky with Cagney & Lacey and got to be a hero. Then I played my share of villains.”
Loose Women Reunions, ITV, Monday to Friday next week, 12.30pm