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Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 02, 1962
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UK
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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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  • Troy Kennedy-Martin left the show when he felt that the Police were trying to influence storylines in their favour too much. He returned only to write "Pressure", the final edition in 1978…
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    Troy Kennedy-Martin left the show when he felt that the Police were trying to influence storylines in their favour too much. He returned only to write "Pressure", the final edition in 1978 (which also saw the return of original director John McGrath and several early cast-members).
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  • A character named Ted Bowman, who appeared on this series, later reappeared on the Canadian detective series Sidestreet (CA).
  • The Ford Zephyrs used in the black and white episodes were actually primrose yellow. This colour showed up better than white on the older type B&W film.
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