Softly Softly

Further cases of detectives Barlow and Watt. For the first 69 episodes (in b&w) the show was known as Softly Softly, the title then changed in 1969 to Softly Softly - Task Force (for a further 131 episodes in colour) and Barlow left to take up his own series Barlow at Large. Softly Softly followed the boys in blue as they kept the peace in up in the fictional Wyvern region. Detective Chief Superintendent Barlow (Stratford Johns) and DCI Watt (Frank Windsor) continued their nice and nasty cop routine to good effect. Renamed to Softly Softly - Task Force with a longer monicker in 1969, Softly Softly moved its focus to Thamesford Constabulary's CID Task Force. Characters like Constable Snow, the miserable dog handler, and the always cheerful Welshman Sargeant Evans came along too.

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  • TheTVDB.com Series ID 78325
  • Status Ended
  • First Aired January 5, 1966
  • Recent December 15, 1976
  • Network BBC One
  • Average Runtime 50 minutes
  • Original Country Great Britain
  • Original Language English
  • Episode Screenshot Format 4:3 Screencap
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Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials 0
Season 1 January 1966 June 1966 26
Season 2 November 1966 May 1967 31
Season 3 October 1967 April 1968 26
Season 4 September 1968 March 1969 27
Season 5 September 1969 March 1970 26
Season 6 September 1970 March 1971 26
Season 7 October 1971 March 1972 26
Season 8 November 1971 January 1973 20
Season 9 September 1973 January 1974 18
Season 10 September 1974 November 1974 13
Season 11 August 1975 December 1975 15
Season 12 September 1976 December 1976 15
Unassigned Episodes 0
Season From To Episodes
Unassigned Episodes 269
Absolute ordering places all episodes in a single ordered season. This is generally used for anime.
Season From To Episodes
Season 1 0
Unassigned Episodes 269
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Elwyn Jones 73 11/02/1966 - 12/15/1976
Robert Barr 41 12/14/1966 - 12/01/1976
Allan Prior 34 11/09/1966 - 11/03/1976
Alan Plater 24 11/30/1966 - 11/10/1976
Arnold Yarrow 20 10/21/1970 - 11/17/1976
Keith Dewhurst 5 12/05/1973 - 10/27/1976
Tony Hoare 5 12/22/1971 - 09/22/1976
James Doran 3 12/16/1970 - 01/10/1973
Tony Parker 3 11/21/1973 - 12/08/1976
Martin Hall 3 02/08/1967 - 11/14/1968
Don Shaw 2 01/09/1969 - 10/30/1969
Henry Lincoln 1 02/27/1969
Eric Coltart 1 04/19/1967
Richard Beynon 1 01/11/1967
Ewart Alexander 1 10/04/1972
Mervyn Haisman 1 02/27/1969
Ben Bassett 1 10/02/1969
Kingsley Amis 1 11/13/1974
John Elliot 1 01/13/1971
Rochelle Selwyn 1 09/08/1976
Name Number of Episodes Dates
David Sullivan Proudfoot 16 05/10/1967 - 01/16/1974
Leonard Lewis 15 11/02/1966 - 03/22/1972
Frank Cox 13 01/29/1970 - 10/24/1973
Brian Parker 13 01/18/1967 - 11/17/1971
Peter Cregeen 13 02/01/1968 - 03/08/1972
Paul Ciappessoni 9 03/01/1967 - 10/04/1972
Ben Rea 8 11/07/1968 - 02/26/1970
Vere Lorrimer 8 02/06/1969 - 10/08/1975
Gilchrist Calder 7 11/17/1971 - 12/19/1973
Geraint Morris 7 02/02/1972 - 01/02/1974
Keith Williams 6 03/03/1971 - 03/22/1972
Tina Wakerell 5 12/21/1966 - 04/19/1967
Malcolm Taylor 4 11/21/1968 - 02/13/1969
David Maloney 4 10/25/1972 - 01/09/1974
Kenneth Ives 4 09/19/1973 - 12/12/1973
Philip Dudley 4 11/23/1966 - 12/29/1971
Simon Langton 4 09/23/1970 - 10/06/1971
Eric Hills 4 11/16/1966 - 02/09/1972
William Slater 3 02/22/1968 - 04/04/1968
Terence Dudley 3 05/17/1967 - 03/21/1968
Roger Jenkins 2 11/18/1970 - 12/30/1970
Paddy Russell 2 09/20/1972 - 01/10/1973
Michael Hart 2 01/25/1968 - 03/14/1968
Ronald Wilson 2 12/09/1970 - 02/02/1971
David Askey 2 02/08/1967 - 05/03/1967
Pennant Roberts 2 09/27/1972 - 11/08/1972
Michael Simpson 2 03/05/1970 - 02/10/1971
Bill Hays 2 02/15/1967 - 12/19/1968
Gerald Blake 2 01/13/1971 - 02/24/1971
Michael Currer-Briggs 2 09/26/1968 - 10/10/1968
John Glenister 2 11/14/1968 - 12/12/1968
David Wickes 2 11/22/1972 - 01/03/1973
Vietors Ritelis 1 02/15/1968
Henri Safran 1 12/27/1968
Moira Armstrong 1 03/07/1968
Michael Hayes 1 10/03/1973
Lennie Mayne 1 10/31/1973
Shaun O'Riordan 1 10/17/1968
Morris Barry 1 04/12/1967

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