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Jan. 02, 1962
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Z Cars (UK)

Z-Cars or Zed Cars (yes, definitely Zed and not Zee) was a police drama which ran through the Sixties and Seventies. A Z-Car was codename for a crime patrol vehicle. It was based in fictional Newtown which was remarkably like Kirkby, Liverpool with accents that matched that area of England. First really gritty depiction of police work in the UK.

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  • The "Z Cars" theme (traditional folk tune "Johnny Todd") proved to be so popular that Liverpool-based soccer side, Everton F.C, immortalized it as their theme tune as the teams enter onto the…
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    The "Z Cars" theme (traditional folk tune "Johnny Todd") proved to be so popular that Liverpool-based soccer side, Everton F.C, immortalized it as their theme tune as the teams enter onto the field, a tradition that is still very much alive today 45 years on. Sir Elton John enjoyed the theme so much that he also adopted it at the club at which he presided as chairman, Watford.
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  • In the mid-'70s the Palitoy company produced a talking Z-Victor 4 car.
  • Michael Caine refused the part of PC Bob Steele as he did not want to be typecast in an TV series.
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