Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 02, 1962
Status
N/A
Runtime
N/A
Country
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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  • In the early days the show was transmitted live, with only pre-shot film inserts to relieve the pressure for cast and crew. Mindful of the 14 million viewers about to tune in, Stratford…
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    In the early days the show was transmitted live, with only pre-shot film inserts to relieve the pressure for cast and crew. Mindful of the 14 million viewers about to tune in, Stratford Johns' nerves would regularly see him vomit before going into studio.
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  • 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.
  • From a full tally of 799 editions, 466 (broadcast between 1962 and 1974) are thought to no longer exist; additionally, some colour videotaped episodes only survive as monochrome film copies.…
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    From a full tally of 799 editions, 466 (broadcast between 1962 and 1974) are thought to no longer exist; additionally, some colour videotaped episodes only survive as monochrome film copies. The final four series, broadcast between September 1974 and September 1978, exist in their entirety.
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