Excellent seventies police series
jongibbo from Gateshead, England
12 November 2016
This seventies BBC Police series takes the careers of Messrs Barlow and
Watts, originally in Z Cars and then Softly Softly a stage further.
Chief Superintendent Barlow becomes head of C.I.D. in a fictional area
of south east England, with John Watt as his assistant. The series
deals with a variety of criminal activity. It is not all major crime -
some of crimes are quite trivial, so if you are looking for non-stop
excitement, you won't find it here Where the series does excel is in
portraying the relationship between the regular characters. The series
also treats the police as normal human beings, they are flawed, but not
excessively so. Their personal lives are almost entirely ignored.
Superintendent Watt has a wife who is a G.P. and who appears in the
occasional episode, but that is as much as we learn of their private
lives. Despite the leisurely pace of many of the episodes, I found the
program (the first two series are available on DVD) enjoyable, and
generally of a high standard.
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