A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.
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James Ellis ...
 Sgt. Lynch / ... (627 episodes, 1962-1978)
John Slater ...
 Det. Sgt. Stone (421 episodes, 1967-1974)
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 PC Quilley / ... (340 episodes, 1969-1978)
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 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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1.33 : 1
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Before he became famous as a film star, Sir Michael Caine turned down the part of Police Constable Bob Steele, as he did not want to be typecast in a television series. It went to Jeremy Kemp. See more »

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Featured in Love Me Do: The Beatles '62 (2012) See more »

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Z Cars Theme
Composed by Bridget Fry
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Huh? the most successful crime series on British TV and no-one's noticed?
5 April 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Now I realise (finally) how old I am. Here we have the greatest crime serial/series ever screened in the UK, which ran for 667 episodes yet not ONE in 20 million visitors to IMDb has sought to comment on it? If ever the expression "F--- me" had relevance, this is it! (and I apologise for the profanity!)

"Z cars" was simply essential viewing. An innovative crime show like nothing had ever been seen on TV. Hard, raw, how it really WAS for Z-Victor One and two. Why "Z" cars? simple! because the cops drove Ford Zephyrs...at the time probably the quickest of the English sedans. For years, my own father lusted after a Zephyr but died long before he could ever own one. A quarter of a century later, I bought one in Australia for $295 and that car kept us mobile for three years. I called it Z-Victor 3!

"Z Cars" was a demographic of underworld life in the Midlands and the hands-on Police methods used to combat what was seen then as a spiralling crime-wave! Frank Windsor as Detective John Watt, James Ellis as PC Lynch, Brian Blessed as "Fancy" Smith, Jeremy Kemp as PC Bob Steele and Joseph Brady as "Jock" Weir became household names. So too was Stratford Johns as Detective Inspector Charlie Barlow who was so popular, he ended up with his own spin-off series BARLOW AT LARGE.

This was the 60's and I tell you, I wouldn't have missed it for the world!


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