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Softly Softly: Task Force 

1970s BBC police drama with experienced cop DCS Charlie Barlow. and DS John Watt who lead a task force charged with tackling the toughest chases Thamesford has to offer.
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Softly Softly was a drama series about a West Country police force solving local crime. It was a spin-off from another BBC drama series, Z Cars.

Stars: Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler
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Series cast summary:
Frank Windsor ...  Det. Chief Supt. Watt / ... 123 episodes, 1969-1976
Norman Bowler ...  Det. Chief Insp. Hawkins / ... 113 episodes, 1969-1976
David Lloyd Meredith David Lloyd Meredith ...  Det. Sgt. Evans / ... 106 episodes, 1969-1976
Terence Rigby ...  PC Snow / ... 83 episodes, 1969-1976
Stratford Johns ...  Det. Chief Supt. Barlow / ... 56 episodes, 1969-1972
Walter Gotell ...  Chief Constable Cullen / ... 55 episodes, 1969-1975
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1970s BBC police drama with experienced cop DCS Charlie Barlow. and DS John Watt who lead a task force charged with tackling the toughest chases Thamesford has to offer.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

20 November 1969 (UK) See more »

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Task Force Police See more »

Filming Locations:

Kent, England, UK See more »

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(149 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Unlike its contemporary Z Cars (1962), which has many episodes which were wiped up to 1974, all the episodes survive, mostly on colour videotape, in the BBC Archives; several episodes, on different formats, are in circulation between collectors. See more »

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Followed by Barlow at Large (1971) See more »

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Excellent seventies police series
12 November 2016 | by jongibboSee all my reviews

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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