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.
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Series cast summary:
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 Dan Meaden ...  Det. Con. Ben Box 49 episodes, 1966-1968
Gilbert Wynne Gilbert Wynne ...  Det. Con. Reg Dwyer 43 episodes, 1966-1967
Robert Keegan Robert Keegan ...  Bob Blackitt 42 episodes, 1966-1967
Peggy Sinclair Peggy Sinclair ...  PW Det. Sgt. Barbara Allin 38 episodes, 1967-1969
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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.

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Regional Crime Squad See more »

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Crime | Drama

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UK

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English

Release Date:

5 January 1966 (UK) See more »

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Bristol, England, UK See more »

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(120 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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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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Followed by Softly Softly: Task Force (1969) See more »

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Cringeworthy. Will I finish it?
30 January 2019 | by JohnnyLee1See all my reviews

SERIES 1 I've watched the first two episodes and have had to put the DVD aside. BOTH crimes were committed by gay people, although one is actually a paedaphile but in those days all gays were branded as paedaphiles. This was in 1967 when the law in Britain had just become more accepting of gays, but I guess writers still thought of them as outsiders and an easy/lazy target for attacking. In reality it would certainly have been the case in the police force where you are told off for being a "pansy." So for a look at social attitudes in late 1960s Britain this is an interesting series, if you can stomach those dark ages. Their attitude towards the policewoman is cringeworthy at times too. I realise later series probably changed for the better but give the first series a miss if you don't want a trip back to those dim days.


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