A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional town of Newtown in the North of England.
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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 town of Newtown in the North of England.

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Trivia

The 1960s Merseybeat group The Newtowns took their name from the series' fictional setting. 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

Spin-off Sidestreet (1975) See more »

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Z Cars Theme
Composed by Bridget Fry
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TV Police and regular Police separated by a razor blade
18 September 2002 | by keith-hewleSee all my reviews

Unlike other contributors I do not know the technical details of the series production. However at the time this series was transmitted I remember the characters manifesting as strong, tough, reliable types. Chaps you would have liked to have with you in a tight spot. Awkward social issues were tackled in a no nonsense manner. Unlike their TV counterparts of today they seemed to have their minds, for the most part, on the job. Sympathy was extended to victims, and others caught up in crimes. Villains were regarded and dealt with as a sub-species. No quarter was expected or given.

Nice touches as well. At the end of one episode, the optimistic search for a child ended with it being found dead from natural causes. The end titles were played in silence. Today you would have some cretinus announcer talking over the same titles, giving us a blow by blow account of the next programme.

Sadly the series did become a victim of its own success. It ran for far to long. The final series(1977-8) was a shadow of its former self. Reduced from 50 to 30 minutes and containing to many new characters it lacked history and credibility.


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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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Runtime:

(462 episodes) | (337 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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