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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 1468)
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)

Bernard Holley ... PC Newcombe / ... (277 episodes, 1967-1971)
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Series Directed by
Paddy Russell (55 episodes, 1967-1976)
Derek Martinus (54 episodes, 1968-1978)
Morris Barry (40 episodes, 1962-1972)
Tristan de Vere Cole (38 episodes, 1967-1978)
Timothy Combe (36 episodes, 1968-1973)
Christopher Barry (35 episodes, 1967-1978)
Gerald Blake (28 episodes, 1967-1977)
Julia Smith (26 episodes, 1971-1974)
John Davies (24 episodes, 1967-1968)
Eric Hills (20 episodes, 1962-1976)
Shaun Sutton (20 episodes, 1962-1965)
Philip Dale (17 episodes, 1969-1971)
Douglas Camfield (16 episodes, 1967-1969)
Michael Ferguson (16 episodes, 1967-1968)
Rodney Bennett (13 episodes, 1969-1974)
Ron Craddock (12 episodes, 1969-1978)
Joan Craft (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Michael Leeston-Smith (11 episodes, 1962-1965)
Michael Hayes (11 episodes, 1964-1975)
Peter Cregeen (10 episodes, 1965-1968)
Hugh David (10 episodes, 1967-1970)
Noel Lidiard-White (10 episodes, 1970)
Mary Ridge (10 episodes, 1971-1974)
John McGrath (9 episodes, 1962-1978)
Robin Midgley (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
Roderick Graham (9 episodes, 1967-1975)
John Glenister (8 episodes, 1968)
Terence Williams (7 episodes, 1963-1978)
Tina Wakerell (7 episodes, 1967-1972)
Vere Lorrimer (7 episodes, 1967-1971)
Eric Davidson (7 episodes, 1973-1975)
Roger Jenkins (6 episodes, 1962-1963)
Barry Letts (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Mark Cullingham (6 episodes, 1968)
Tony Wickert (6 episodes, 1969)
John Matthews (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Derrick Goodwin (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bill Hays (5 episodes, 1963-1977)
Paul Bernard (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ian MacNaughton (5 episodes, 1965)
Michael Hart (5 episodes, 1968-1971)
Michael E. Briant (5 episodes, 1970-1974)
Malcolm Taylor (5 episodes, 1975-1977)
Christopher Morahan (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
David Rose (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Eric Tayler (4 episodes, 1962)
Herbert Wise (4 episodes, 1962)
Philip Dudley (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
John Gibson (4 episodes, 1967)
John Ingram (4 episodes, 1967)
David Maloney (4 episodes, 1968-1976)
Ken Hannam (4 episodes, 1970-1972)
Fiona Cumming (4 episodes, 1974-1977)
John Llewellyn Moxey (3 episodes, 1962)
Anthony Page (3 episodes, 1963)
Leonard Lewis (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ken Loach (3 episodes, 1964)
Geoffrey Nethercott (3 episodes, 1964)
Michael Simpson (3 episodes, 1964)
Paul Ciappessoni (3 episodes, 1970-1977)
Ian Wyatt (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Christopher Baker (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
James MacTaggart (2 episodes, 1962)
Terence Dudley (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Rudolph Cartier (2 episodes, 1963)
William Slater (2 episodes, 1963)
Ian Curteis (2 episodes, 1964)
Richmond Harding (2 episodes, 1964)
Max Varnel (2 episodes, 1965)
James Cellan Jones (2 episodes, 1967)
Richard Argent (2 episodes, 1968)
Gerry Mill (2 episodes, 1969)
Allan Prior (2 episodes, 1969)
John Warrington (2 episodes, 1969)
Desmond McCarthy (2 episodes, 1970)
Dawn Robertson (2 episodes, 1971)
Ronald Wilson (2 episodes, 1972)
Raymond Menmuir (2 episodes, 1973)
Brian McDuffie (2 episodes, 1974)
Matthew Robinson (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Oliver Horsbrugh (2 episodes, 1975)
Gareth Davies (2 episodes, 1976)
George Spenton-Foster (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Writing credits
Allan Prior (101 episodes, 1962-1978)
David Ellis (65 episodes, 1967-1974)
Bill Barron (54 episodes, 1964-1975)
John Hopkins (53 episodes, 1962-1964)
Leslie Duxbury (47 episodes, 1969-1977)
James Doran (37 episodes, 1962-1975)
Peter Hammond (33 episodes, 1969-1978)
Robert Barr (32 episodes, 1962-1971)
Elwyn Jones (22 episodes, 1963-1971)
Kenneth Clark (18 episodes, 1968-1978)
Alan Plater (15 episodes, 1963-1965)
Adele Rose (14 episodes, 1967-1969)
Derek Ford (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Donald Ford (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Colin Morris (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bill Lyons (10 episodes, 1972-1976)
Troy Kennedy-Martin (9 episodes, 1962-1978)
Geoffrey Tetlow (9 episodes, 1963-1969)
William Emms (9 episodes, 1965-1971)
Len Rush (9 episodes, 1970-1974)
Keith Dewhurst (8 episodes, 1962-1967)
Donald Bull (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Cyril Abraham (8 episodes, 1967)
John Drew (8 episodes, 1971-1973)
Leslie Sands (7 episodes, 1962-1968)
Ray Jenkins (7 episodes, 1965-1967)
Richard Beynon (7 episodes, 1968-1971)
Philip Martin (7 episodes, 1970-1972)
Joan Clark (6 episodes, 1964-1975)
Gerald Kelsey (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Roddick (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Dick Sharples (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Grimwade (6 episodes, 1969-1971)
Jack Gerson (6 episodes, 1971-1974)
John Foster (6 episodes, 1973-1978)
John Wilson (5 episodes, 1965-1968)
Rex Edwards (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Anthony Read (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
William Prendergast (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Brian Hayles (4 episodes, 1964-1969)
Eric Colthart (4 episodes, 1965)
Vincent Tilsley (4 episodes, 1967)
Roy Bottomley (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Tom Brennand (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Max Marquis (4 episodes, 1968)
John Maynard (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ray Dunbobbin (3 episodes, 1962-1969)
Mike Watts (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
Alan Janes (3 episodes, 1974-1978)
Nick McCarty (3 episodes, 1974-1978)
Tony Perrin (3 episodes, 1974)
Ted Lewis (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jane Baker (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Pip Baker (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alistair Bell (2 episodes, 1967)
John Gray (2 episodes, 1967)
Harry Green (2 episodes, 1967)
George F. Kerr (2 episodes, 1967)
Derrick Sherwin (2 episodes, 1967)
Tony Williamson (2 episodes, 1967)
Derek Benfield (2 episodes, 1968)
Pat Dunlop (2 episodes, 1968)
Brian Finch (2 episodes, 1968)
Martin Hall (2 episodes, 1968)
Archie Hill (2 episodes, 1968)
Ken Hill (2 episodes, 1968)
Don Shaw (2 episodes, 1968)
Barry Thomas (2 episodes, 1968)
Michael Dines (2 episodes, 1969)
Charlotte Plimmer (2 episodes, 1969)
Denis Plimmer (2 episodes, 1969)
Moira Tait (2 episodes, 1969)
Keith Miles (2 episodes, 1970)
Ron Craddock (2 episodes, 1971)
Jean Hart (2 episodes, 1971)
Geoffrey Matthews (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bob Baker (2 episodes, 1974)
Dave Martin (2 episodes, 1974)
Peter Hill (2 episodes, 1976-1977)

Eddie Coltart (unknown episodes)
James Mitchell (unknown episodes)
Christopher Tetlow (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Ron Craddock .... producer (293 episodes, 1969-1978)
David Rose .... producer (170 episodes, 1962-1965)
Richard Beynon .... producer (164 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ronald Travers .... producer (90 episodes, 1967-1968)
Roderick Graham .... producer (54 episodes, 1974-1977)
Ian Strachan .... associate producer (34 episodes, 1970)
Colin Morris .... producer (28 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ben Knoll (1 episode, 1965)

Fred Hamilton (unknown episodes)
Geoff Mulligan (unknown episodes)
Ian Stone (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Sheila S. Tomlinson (43 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ian McKendrick (9 episodes, 1970-1972)
Ian Callaway (6 episodes, 1962-1963)
Joseph Sterling (5 episodes, 1962)
Christopher La Fontaine (4 episodes, 1964)
Alan Martin (2 episodes, 1963)
Alan Bradley (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Production Design by
John Stout (43 episodes, 1967-1977)
Ray London (35 episodes, 1967-1973)
Donald Brewer (31 episodes, 1964-1969)
Barrie Dobbins (30 episodes, 1967-1973)
Chris Thompson (26 episodes, 1967-1968)
Antony Thorpe (25 episodes, 1968-1977)
Christine Ruscoe (23 episodes, 1969-1975)
Tom Carter (22 episodes, 1967-1968)
Roy Oxley (18 episodes, 1962-1974)
Jeremy Davies (18 episodes, 1964-1973)
Austin Ruddy (17 episodes, 1969-1974)
Stanley Morris (16 episodes, 1962-1965)
Jack Robinson (16 episodes, 1967)
Graham Oakley (15 episodes, 1969-1977)
Gloria Clayton (14 episodes, 1970-1971)
Robert Berk (13 episodes, 1969-1977)
Tony Snoaden (13 episodes, 1969-1973)
Ian Rawnsley (12 episodes, 1971-1978)
Frederick Knapman (11 episodes, 1962-1964)
Cynthia Kljuco (11 episodes, 1970-1976)
Oliver Bayldon (11 episodes, 1970-1972)
Keith Harris (10 episodes, 1969-1971)
Colin Green (10 episodes, 1970-1977)
Ros Inglis (10 episodes, 1970-1972)
Pat Jackson (9 episodes, 1969-1973)
Gerry Scott (9 episodes, 1970-1977)
Peter Brachaki (9 episodes, 1970-1971)
John Hurst (9 episodes, 1971-1972)
Barry Newbery (8 episodes, 1965-1972)
Daphne Shortman (8 episodes, 1969-1973)
Pamela Lambooy (8 episodes, 1970-1978)
James Weatherup (7 episodes, 1964-1965)
Geoffrey Patterson (7 episodes, 1968-1972)
Don Taylor (7 episodes, 1968-1971)
Richard Morris (7 episodes, 1973-1976)
Jean Peyre (6 episodes, 1967)
Gillian Howard (6 episodes, 1968-1970)
Nigel Curzon (6 episodes, 1974-1978)
Raymond Cusick (5 episodes, 1963-1975)
Paul Allen (5 episodes, 1971-1974)
Roger Liminton (5 episodes, 1971-1973)
Rochelle Selwyn (5 episodes, 1973)
Peter Blacker (4 episodes, 1968-1976)
Valerie Warrender (4 episodes, 1970-1974)
Paul Munting (4 episodes, 1973-1977)
Judy Porter (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Richard Henry (3 episodes, 1962-1969)
Moira Tait (3 episodes, 1964-1972)
Keith Cheetham (3 episodes, 1970-1977)
Stuart Walker (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
Tim Gleeson (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
David Spode (3 episodes, 1971-1973)
Michael Young (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
David Jones (3 episodes, 1972-1977)
Barbara Gosnold (3 episodes, 1972-1975)
Susan Spence (3 episodes, 1973-1978)
Lesley Bremness (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ian Watson (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Dick Coles (3 episodes, 1975)
Ken Ledsham (3 episodes, 1976)
Spencer Chapman (2 episodes, 1964-1973)
Evan Hercules (2 episodes, 1965)
Martin Collins (2 episodes, 1967)
Kenneth Sharp (2 episodes, 1967)
Tim Harvey (2 episodes, 1968)
Paul Joel (2 episodes, 1969)
Peter Seddon (2 episodes, 1969)
Ray Price (2 episodes, 1970)
Allan Anson (2 episodes, 1971)
Fanny Taylor (2 episodes, 1971)
Judy Steel (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
Jeremy Bear (2 episodes, 1973)
Sally Hulke (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bill Noble (2 episodes, 1974)
Mike Porter (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
 
Series Makeup Department
Maureen Winslade .... make-up supervisor (1 episode, 1963)
Eileen Culligan .... makeup supervisor (1 episode, 1964)
 
Series Production Management
Denis Curran .... unit production manager (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nigel Taylor .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
James Bould .... designer (1 episode, 1972)
 
Series Sound Department
Jack Clayton .... sound supervisor (1 episode, 1963)
Stan Nightingale .... sound recording (1 episode, 1963)
Derek Miller-Timmins .... sound (1 episode, 1964)
Robin Luxford .... o.b. sound (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (1 episode, 1964)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Sargent .... film cameraman / camera operator: film sequences / ... (17 episodes, 1962-1964)
Geoff Mulligan .... cameraman (7 episodes, 1965)
Dick Bush .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
David Prosser .... film cameraman / film sequence cameraman (6 episodes, 1964)
Charles Lagus .... film cameraman (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Peter Hamilton .... cameraman (5 episodes, 1965)
Tony Leggo .... cameraman (4 episodes, 1965)
Charles Parnall .... cameraman (4 episodes, 1965)
Sam Neeter .... studio lighting (4 episodes, 1972)
George Summers .... studio lighting (4 episodes, 1972)
Ken Westbury .... cameraman (3 episodes, 1962-1965)
John Cura .... telesnap photographer (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Reg Pope .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1972)
Eric Monk .... lighting / lighting supervisor (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Max Samett .... film camera / film cameraman (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
John Else .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1972)
Alan Featherstone .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1972)
David Hill-Whitson .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1972)
Ron Koplick .... studio lighting (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilary Corbett .... costume supervisor (1 episode, 1963)
Ronnie Rowlands .... costume supervisor (1 episode, 1964)
 
Series Editorial Department
Joseph Sterling .... editor: film sequences (2 episodes, 1962)
 
Series Music Department
Bridget Fry .... music arranger (11 episodes, 1962-1969)
Fritz Spiegl .... music arranger (11 episodes, 1962-1969)
 
Series Other crew
Peter Hammond .... script editor (182 episodes, 1968-1970)
Tony Holland .... script editor (178 episodes, 1970-1973)
Barry Thomas .... script editor (66 episodes, 1968-1969)
Douglas Watkinson .... script editor (46 episodes, 1973-1975)
John Hopkins .... script editor (40 episodes, 1962-1963)
Kenneth Ware .... script editor (34 episodes, 1964-1965)
Graham Williams .... script editor (32 episodes, 1975-1977)
Geoffrey Tetlow .... story editor (26 episodes, 1967)
Simon Masters .... script editor (24 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert Barr .... script editor (18 episodes, 1964)
John Gould .... script associate (14 episodes, 1963)
W.A. Roberts .... technical adviser / technical advisor (12 episodes, 1970-1977)
Troy Kennedy-Martin .... story format (4 episodes, 1962-1965)
Brenda Loader .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Elwyn Jones .... series editor (2 episodes, 1963-1964)

Derek Ware .... fight arranger (unknown episodes)
 

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25 min (462 episodes) | 50 min (337 episodes)
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In the mid-'70s the Palitoy company produced a talking Z-Victor 4 car.See more »
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41 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Good or Not?, 15 January 2004
Author: Alan from London U.K.

I have read Ian's critique with interest. As I worked on the technical side of the programme, perhaps I might be allowed to comment?

First, the 3 year rule didn't apply in the first instance. Until 1968 the series was transmitted "Live" (i.e. not telerecorded). Each 50 minute episode was transmitted on Wednesday evenings 2000-2050. All we had were a couple of filmed OB inserts, partly to establish outside locations and partly to enable costume changes/scenery changes.In fact the very first scene of the first episode was filmed in a graveyard, where a police officer killed in the execution of his duty prompted the idea of two men teams working in cars (there were only two cars, Ford Zephyr 6s) The first episode was telerecorded off the studio monitor so that executives could gauge the quality of the script (and the show had writers of the calibre of Alan Plater and Elwyn Jones).

There were no car chases because there were not the facilities to record them in those days for TV drama. The programme certainly showed a more realistic side to police officers lives, because, unlike Dixon of Dock Green it showed policemen as ordinary men, not as some sort of patient saint. There was a hue and cry very early on when PC Steele (Jeremy Kemp) threw his dinner at the wall and struck his wife. Dixon would NEVER had done that - but real coppers did - as did, sadly, far too many men in those far off days.

The show was set in "Newtown" (not a very good name I admit), which was on Merseyside, but in reality the show was performed in London.

If you watch any TV from the 50s or 60s, the viewer in 2004 WILL be struck by the fact that it was all very studio-bound, very few exterior shots, except for establishing scenes on short filmed inserts as we did. Cameras were large and bulky so scenes tended to be more static and of longer duration. Funily enough, the budget for the BBCs sole soap opera at that time ("Compact" Tuesdays and Thursdays 1930-2000)was the same as ours, but whereas we tended to have larger casts and more sets, some of Compacts budget DID go on telerecording - the Tuesday episode was "live" and the Thursday episode recorded immediately after the live Tuesday performance). It was a case of either/or. Obviously we had to work within budgets and by todays standards they were miniscule but they were NOT cheap. As in any live work there were occassional fluffed lines, whcih you don't get today because you can reshoot a sequence time and again till it's perfect. By the way, with 'telerecording' you couldn't edit tape, so you were still performing 'as live', so only if there were to be a major catastrophy would you repeat because you had to record the whole show all over again (this is why the ATV/Central serial "Crossroads" got such unfair reviews - though a lot of the complaints such as wobbly scenery were untrue - it might happen once, and then, because the 'mistake' is repeated by viewers and critics people believe it always happened).

With respect, Ian makes the common mistake of comparing live or telerecorded TV from the 60s with todays sometimes overproduced TV. the comparison is neither fair nor like for like.

From 1969 onwards the programme was recorded on videotape/telerecording (VTR took over about 1971/2 but i had left by then). Later in it's life the show was turned into a twice weekly 'soap opera' style series (Mondays and Thursdays 1905-1930) and I believe it did then suffer a drop in artistic quality, though, of course with VTR retakes were possible so the technical quality was better: It really ended up as "The Bill" (ITV1) has now done.

One final point: our original Sgt (Twentyman) played by Leonard Williams only appeared in the first half dozen episodes. Len collapsed and died a few hours before transmission one Wednesday, so some hasty rewriting had to be carried out. He wasn't a famous actor, but did a lot of radio work including the long running comedy series "The Clitheroe Kid"

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