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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Michael Caine refused the part of PC Bob Steele as he did not want to be typecast in an TV series. See more »


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TV Police and regular Police separated by a razor blade
18 September 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Unlike other contributors I do not know the technical details of the series production. However at the time this series was transmitted I remember the characters manifesting as strong, tough, reliable types. Chaps you would have liked to have with you in a tight spot. Awkward social issues were tackled in a no nonsense manner. Unlike their TV counterparts of today they seemed to have their minds, for the most part, on the job. Sympathy was extended to victims, and others caught up in crimes. Villains were regarded and dealt with as a sub-species. No quarter was expected or given.

Nice touches as well. At the end of one episode, the optimistic search for a child ended with it being found dead from natural causes. The end titles were played in silence. Today you would have some cretinus announcer talking over the same titles, giving us a blow by blow account of the next programme.

Sadly the series did become a victim of its own success. It ran for far to long. The final series(1977-8) was a shadow of its former self. Reduced from 50 to 30 minutes and containing to many new characters it lacked history and credibility.




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