Zed Cars

Zed Cars logo from the opening of the programmeZ-Cars or Zed Cars (yes, definitely Zed and not Zee) was a police drama which ran through the Sixties and Seventies. It was based in the gritty North of England and was the first hard-hitting realistic drama, as opposed to fantasy land ‘it’s a fair cop guv’ sort of drama.

Z-car was also the police codename for a police car (see Panda Cars), the name of the drama being given for the car.

I wasn’t allowed to watch Zed Cars because it was on too late at night and it was considered ‘unsuitable’. Though seeing clips of it now, the violence and menace seem to be mild compared to what you see today, and the bad language laughable.

Although I never watched it, I knew all about it because there were some children in my school who talked about it and played Zed Cars in the playground. That mainly involved running around pretending to be driving a car, saying nee-nar or singing the theme tune. As well as the usual cops’n’robbers style of playground bullying.

Josie Henley-Einion, author, blogger, Legend in my own Living Room


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