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 ...  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

Elisabeth Sladen appeared in three episodes of the series. Producer Ron Craddock subsequently recommended her for the role of Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who (1963). She retained fond memories of the series, saying in 2009: "I loved Z Cars. If you see a clip of it now, it still holds up incredibly well - really good actors, great directors, and flying by the seat of your pants. You kept on learning, and there were always places for you to learn, which there aren't so many of for young actors now." See more »

Goofs

Whilst taping 'moving vehicle' shots in studio, as technology was nowhere near as advanced as it is currently, it was so much simpler to use a 'stripped' version of the vehicles involved. Many such were missing their entire front ends and windscreens to facilitate both filming and sound recording. Continuous film was played on the screen behind, to give the impression that the vehicle was actually on the move during recording. Immediately after one such shot, actor Brian Blessed (PC 'Fancy' Smith) stepped out of the Z-car, and, having left his cap on the dashboard, reached in through the vacant windscreen space to retrieve it. Blessed himself spoke of this during a talk show some years later, but apparently neither the film crew nor the director noticed. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Followed by Softly Softly (1966) 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 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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