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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The Ford Zephyrs used in the black and white episodes, were actually primrose yellow. This color showed up better than white, on the older type black and white film. See more »

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Referenced in Shades of Grey (2009) See more »

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Z Cars Theme
Composed by Bridget Fry
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Loved this show.
1 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was ground-breaking TV. I only realized this later living in North America and seeing a "new wave" of crime shows post Starsky & Hutch and Miami Vice. Shows like Law and Order, CSI and The Wire are great programs but Z Cars was created thirty years before them and got people wanting a more gritty cop show. Growing up outside of Belfast, I was also drawn to it as it had an Ulster actor in the cast. At a time when Irish actors were only allowed to play drunken thugs and terrorists, it was great to see one play a good guy. Sadly it was unique in that respect and Irish characters/actors were still largely banned to those roles for the next twenty years.


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