Z Cars (1962–1978)

TV Series  -   -  Crime | Drama
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 149 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 100 titles
created 20 Dec 2010
 
a list of 217 titles
created 07 Feb 2012
 
a list of 292 titles
created 30 Mar 2013
 
a list of 56 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Z Cars" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Z Cars (1962–1978)

Z Cars (1962–1978) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Z Cars.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



13   12   11   10   9   8   7   6   5   … See all »
1978   1977   1976   1975   … See all »
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenage boy plays truant from school, and spends the day riding around the town and the deserted beach on his bicycle, letting his mind wander as he imagines he is the only person in the world.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Tony Scott
Adam Adamant Lives! (1966–1967)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Edwardian adventurer Adam Adamant is frozen alive in a block of ice by his arch-nemesis The Face in 1902 ; in 1966 workmen discover him and he is revived, perfectly preserved... but ... See full summary »

Stars: Gerald Harper, Juliet Harmer, Jack May
An Age of Kings (TV Series 1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.

Stars: David Andrews, Patrick Garland, Julian Glover
Ghost Squad (TV Series 1961)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The adventures of the agents of Scotland Yard's secret undercover crime unit, dubbed "The Ghost Squad".

Stars: Anthony Marlowe, Claire Nielson, Michael Quinn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Drama which follows the parallel stories of two couples in crisis and their connection to a drowned woman found in a river.

Director: Anthony Simmons
Stars: Ann Lynn, Judi Dench, Norman Rodway
Sergeant Cork (1963–1968)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Bob first meets Cork, and follows him on a poisoning case involving a doctor that pursued a vivacious young woman married to an elderly hero.

Stars: John Barrie, William Gaunt, Charles Morgan
Softly Softly (1966–1976)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler
Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series 1969)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

1970s BBC police drama with experienced cop DCS Charlie Barlow. and DS John Watt who lead a task force charged with tackling the toughest chases Thamesford has to offer.

Stars: Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler, David Lloyd Meredith
Mogul (1965–1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Adventure drama series based around the fictitious Mogul Oil Company and the exploits of its chief 'troubleshooter' Peter Thornton.

Stars: Geoffrey Keen, Philip Latham, Ray Barrett
Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Donald Sinden, Deborah Lavin, Helen Lindsay
Dixon of Dock Green (1955–1976)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Jack Warner, Peter Byrne, Geoffrey Adams
The Informer (1966–1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Disgraced (and now released from prison) ex lawyer, uses his accumulated knowledge to earn a living from both sides of the law.

Stars: Ian Hendry, Neil Hallett, Jean Marsh
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 January 1962 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Freie Hand für Barlow  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(462 episodes) | (337 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(1962-1970)| (1970-1978)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The 1960s Merseybeat group The Newtowns took their name from the series' fictional setting. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Play for Today: The Kiss of Death (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Z Cars Theme
Composed by Bridget Fry
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.




15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the z cars theme tune the_godfather2k2
Where can I get a copy? green-elf
Z Cars DPMay
John Poore (13 yr old boy-1971) suzywatson
PC Quilly glenda-monkhouse
zcars one day in spring street joseph-270
Discuss Z Cars (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page