Softly softly was a drama series about two detectives solving local crime. It was a spin-off from another BBC drama series Z Cars.
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Stratford Johns ...
 Det. Chief Supt. Charles Barlow (91 episodes, 1966-1969)
Frank Windsor ...
 Det. Chief Insp. John Watt / ... (84 episodes, 1966-1969)
Norman Bowler ...
 Det. Sgt. Harry Hawkins (75 episodes, 1966-1969)
John Barron ...
 Asst. Chief Constable Austin Gilbert / ... (52 episodes, 1966-1969)
Dan Meaden ...
 Det. Con. Ben Box (49 episodes, 1966-1968)
Gilbert Wynne ...
 Det. Con. Reg Dwyer (43 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert Keegan ...
 Bob Blackitt (42 episodes, 1966-1967)
Peggy Sinclair ...
 PW Det. Sgt. Barbara Allin (38 episodes, 1967-1969)
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Softly softly was a drama series about two detectives solving local crime. It was a spin-off from another BBC drama series Z Cars.

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(120 episodes)

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The series suffered from the BBC's lack of a proper archiving policy until 1978. It was BBC policy before 1978 to wipe master tapes and reuse them for other programmes, hence saving money and storage space. 86 episodes are thought to no longer exist. See more »

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A posh continuation of Z Cars
28 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a very popular series in the late 60's and early 70's set in the mythical area of Wyvern ( Possibly the Bristol area ). It features the work of a Regional Crime Squad. Initially the two Stars were Stratford Johns as Charlie Barlow and Frank Windsor as John Watt. Barlow was a Detective Chief inspector in Z cars but on transfer to the Regional Crime Squad he is now Detective Chief Superintent. Watt is also promoted on transfer to Detective Inspector and by the time the programme ends he is also a Detective Chief Superintendent. This was presented as the 'Bee Knees', being a perfect example of how the modern Police Force operates. I found it very clichéd, with the lower ranks portrayed in a very wooden fashion. Garfield Morgan, as a Detective Chief Inspector, had an excellent rehearsal for his role in the Sweeney, 10 years later.


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