A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.
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Series cast summary:
James Ellis ...  Sgt. Lynch / ... 627 episodes, 1962-1978
John Slater ...  Det. Sgt. Stone 421 episodes, 1967-1974
...  PC Quilley / ... 340 episodes, 1969-1978
...  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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Trivia

The famous Ford Zephyr fast response patrol cars were replaced with more up-to-date Pandas, when the series was revived in March 1967. This reflected reality, as the Lancashire Constabulary (on which the Z Cars set-up had been largely based) had begun using them while the series had been off-air. See more »

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Featured in Z Cars: Playing Skinner (2014) See more »

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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 See 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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