Drama series
in Troy Kennedy Martin
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

By the early 1960s, series drama was the most popular form of drama on British television. ITV had largely been responsible for this, for while the BBC had two very popular series, Dixon of Dock Green and Maigret. This chapter explains that Z Cars not only led the BBC fightback against ITV in the weekly ratings charts, it also marked a significant departure for the BBC in terms of popular programming. Launched on 2 January 1962, the series marked the arrival of a new kind of police drama, one conceived and developed in response to the cosy, reassuring image of policing represented by the BBC's own Dixon of Dock Green. This chapter states that the origins of Z Cars within the Documentary Drama Unit, together with Jones' insistence that it be set in the north, were key factors in the success of the new series. The combination of documentary realism and Kennedy Martin's fictional characterisation of the police undoubtedly contributed to the critical and popular success of Z Cars.


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 45 15 1
Full Text Views 19 0 0
PDF Downloads 12 0 0