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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Squad Cars (SA)



Probably one of the most popular radio programs ever broadcast in South Africa. Week by week a dramatized story of the South African Police at work would unfold. The series originally went out for broadcast on Sunday evenings. After 6 months the program moved to it's familiar Friday night 7H30pm slot on Springbok Radio, where it remained until 1979. Because of the popularity of the Friday night western series' on South African television at the same time slot as "Squad Cars", the series moved to 8H30pm and remained there until the end of June 1985 when the series came to an end. Two attempts were made to take the series to the screen. In 1974 a film called "Flying Squad" went onto the South African film circuit, followed in 1978 with a Television series called "Big City Heat". Neither of these shows were great successes, the masses still preferred to listen to the original on radio.



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