Television

Z Cars

Z Cars

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 667 x 25/50 minute episodes Writer Troy Kennedy Martin was confined to bed with a bout of mumps and passed his time listening to police radio. It was then he realised that Dixon of Dock Green was out of date. He set out to create a realistic, new police(...)

Zero One

  1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) 39 x 25 minute episodes "Zero One" was the call sign of the International Air Security Board, an organisation dedicated to the safety of air travel all around the world. Its chief London agent was airline detective Alan Garnett and he was called upon to(...)

Zig and Zag’s Dirty Deeds

1 9 9 6 (UK) The fuzzy felt puppets - aliens from Planet Zog - first landed on Ireland RTE's show Den TV, then switched to Channel 4's morning flagship The Big Breakfast, before finally going it alone in Zig and Zag's Dirty Deeds. Here the vindictive, neon-toned duo performed 'mission impossibles' for filthy lucre on behalf of celebrity(...)

Zingalong

1 9 7 0 (UK)  

Zodiac

1 9 7 4 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Astrology is strictly for the birds. That’s the emphatic view of David Gradley, a workshy ex-Harrovian who has drifted into the police force. Then he meets a pretty young astrologer called Esther Jones – and his ideas get knocked for six. Created by Roger Marshall (The(...)

Zoo Gang, The

1 9 7 4 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Four former members of the French Resistance during World War II reunite again nearly 30 years later after Tom Devon (John Mills) sees the man who betrayed them during the war, an act which resulted in Manouche Roget's husband being killed. Having nailed the Nazi, the(...)

Zoo Quest

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 6 3 (UK)

Zoo Time

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 6 8 (UK) 500+ x 25 minute episodes With videotape and film expensive, and technology limited in television until the early 1960s, the bulk of this animal information programme came in the form of live outside broadcasts. This approach overcame the problems inherent in introducing large and uncooperative animals(...)

Zoobilee Zoo

1 9 8 6 (USA) Seven Zooberrific animals came together for stories, songs and important life lessons on TV's Zoobilee Zoo. With a cast headed by Tony award winner Ben Vereen, the show was a vibrant, whimsical, musical extravaganza, filled with bright, colourful images and Emmy-winning costumes. Vereen played Mayor Ben, the kind-hearted leopard leader of the Zoobilee(...)

Zoom

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 9 (USA) Between Fanny Doodle, The Cat Came Back song, and Miss Mary Mac, kids learned more than just the zip code for Boston, Mass. (02134). This half-hour show was like the Stepford Children . . . A Boston-based PBS kids programme in which child prisoners (all wearing matching striped(...)

Zorro

Zorro

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 5 9 (USA) 82 x 30 minute episodes "Out of the night, when the full moon is bright, Comes the horseman known as Zorro, This bold renegade carves a 'Z' with his blade, that stands for Zorro" Sometimes it's hard to find that heroic balance. Make him too tough, and(...)

Zorro and Son

1 9 8 3 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived series from Walt Disney Productions aired on CBS on Wednesdays at 8pm and starred Henry Darrow as an aging Zorro with Paul Regina as his son, Don Carlos, who becomes Zorro Jr. A Police Squad-style take-off on the old adventure series, episodes relied heavily on(...)

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