Z Cars (1962–1978)

TV Series  -   -  Crime | Drama
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A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.

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Series cast summary:
James Ellis ...
 Sgt. Lynch / ... (627 episodes, 1962-1978)
John Slater ...
 Det. Sgt. Stone (421 episodes, 1967-1974)
Douglas Fielding ...
 PC Quilley / ... (340 episodes, 1969-1978)
...
 PC Newcombe / ... (277 episodes, 1967-1971)
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A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.

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2 January 1962 (UK)  »

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Freie Hand für Barlow  »

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(462 episodes) | (337 episodes)

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(1962-1970)| (1970-1978)

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The "Z Cars" theme (traditional folk tune "Johnny Todd") proved to be so popular that Liverpool-based soccer side, Everton F.C, immortalized it as their theme tune as the teams enter onto the field, a tradition that is still very much alive today 45 years on. Elton John enjoyed the theme so much that he also adopted it at the club at which he presided as chairman, Watford. See more »

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This was ground-breaking TV. I only realized this later living in North America and seeing a "new wave" of crime shows post Starsky & Hutch and Miami Vice. Shows like Law and Order, CSI and The Wire are great programs but Z Cars was created thirty years before them and got people wanting a more gritty cop show. Growing up outside of Belfast, I was also drawn to it as it had an Ulster actor in the cast. At a time when Irish actors were only allowed to play drunken thugs and terrorists, it was great to see one play a good guy. Sadly it was unique in that respect and Irish characters/actors were still largely banned to those roles for the next twenty years.


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