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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Elisabeth Sladen appeared in three episodes of the series. Producer Ron Craddock subsequently recommended her for the role of Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who (1963). She retained fond memories of the series, saying in 2009: "I loved Z Cars. If you see a clip of it now, it still holds up incredibly well, really good actors, great directors, and flying by the seat of your pants. You kept on learning, and there were always places for you to learn, which there aren't so many of for young actors now." See more »

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Referenced in Room 101: Episode #1.7 (1994) See more »

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Z Cars Theme
Composed by Bridget Fry
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2 February 2003 | by (Twin Cities) – See all my reviews

As an American who spent part of his childhood in England in the early 70's, I distinctly remember this show being a real snoozer, especially when compared to the much better American cop shows of the time (Hawaii Five O, Ironsides, etc.) For whatever reason, Brits just have never been much good at making crime and crime fighting interesting, whether on TV or the big screen, after all, I recently rented the DVD "Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels" and it sucked, mostly a lame rip-off of the far superior "Pulp Fiction". Maybe the problem is that we Americans just have much better criminals, more ruthless, greedy, and inventive and, as a result, American cops have to be much better as well to catch them, it sounds goofy but it's about the only theory I can think of that makes sense .......


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