Z Cars (1962–1978)

TV Series   |    |  Crime, Drama


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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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  • Paul Humpoletz and Judy Matheson in Z Cars (1962)
  • Douglas Fielding and Judy Matheson in Z Cars (1962)
  • Judy Matheson in Z Cars (1962)
  • Douglas Fielding in Z Cars (1962)
  • Judy Matheson and Ronald Radd in Z Cars (1962)
  • Douglas Fielding and Judy Matheson in Z Cars (1962)

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4 January 2008 | MarkA-21
9
| Essential viewing; a treasure of the era.
In many respects, a landmark TV series - changing the image of police as seen on TV, changes in real policing (from bobby-on-the-beat to patrol cars), bringing serious social problems to the screen for the first time - this series captured a time and place with clarity, making these episodes a very valuable treasure - I hope they haven't been dumped or let rot somewhere! The series was also valuable in the opportunities it gave many brilliant writers to develop their skills.

The show succeeded in its two goals, exciting police action drama, and gritty social drama (with just a drop of humour when needed); the best of the police action thread followed Barlow (played by Stratford Johns) into the spin-off series Softly, Softly - Task Force, and later: Barlow at Large. Unforgettable music. The forgettable bit was why the car numbers all started Z - V; I think Zed (not Zee; this was British) was for (Ford) Zephyr.

(With apologies to Toody and Muldoon) I wonder: Zed Victor One, where are you, now? I suspect few episodes survive.

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