A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
James Ellis James Ellis ...  Sgt. Lynch / ... 627 episodes, 1962-1978
John Slater 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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A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Freie Hand für Barlow See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(462 episodes) | (337 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1962-1970)| Color (1970-1978)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series suffered from the BBC's lack of a proper archiving policy until 1978. It was BBC policy before 1978, to wipe master tapes, and re-use them for other programs, hence saving money and storage space. From a full tally of seven hundred ninety-nine episodes, four hundred sixty-six (broadcast between 1962 and 1974) are thought to no longer exist. Additionally, some color videotaped episodes only survive as monochrome film copies. The final four seasons, broadcast between September 1974 and September 1978, exist in their entirety. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Z Cars Theme
Composed by Bridget Fry
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Funny how relatively little you remember after 30-40 years!
17 February 2006 | by arwelSee all my reviews

When I was a lad in the far-off days of 405-line black-and-white TV, Z-Cars was required viewing, the more so as most of the characters spoke with the same accent as my mothers' cousins whom we regularly visited on Sundays in Birkenhead every few months (though our accent was /very/ Welsh!).

I remember that a boy who travelled on my school bus got cast as a 15-year-old tearaway in one episode in around 1973. I don't think he had much of an acting career afterwards (he's not on the IMDb, anyway!), but I did see a photo of him in Sgt Lynch's clutches in the local paper afterwards.


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