Softly, Softly (TV series)

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Softly, Softly
Format Police procedural
Created by Troy Kennedy Martin
Starring Stratford Johns
Frank Windsor
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 5 January 1966 – 13 November 1969

Softly, Softly is a British television drama series. It was produced by the BBC and screened on BBC 1. It ran from January 1966 to November 1969.

It revolved around the work of regional crime squads, plain-clothes CID officers based in the fictional region of Wyvern. It was about characters from the popular police series Z-Cars.

In 1969, to match the BBC's move to colour broadcasting on BBC 1, the series changed. The main characters were promoted and moved to the South East of England. The series was going to change its name to Taskforce. The BBC did not want to drop a popular brand and it became Softly, Softly: Taskforce.

Cast[change | edit source]

  • Stratford Johns — DCS Charlie Barlow /... (1966-1969 / Series 1-5 / 91 episodes)
  • Frank Windsor — DI/DCI John Watt /... (1966-1969 / Series 1-5 / 84 episodes)
  • Robert Keegan — Mr Bob Blackitt /... (1966-1967 / Series 1-2 / 42 episodes)
  • John Welsh — ACC Bill Calderwood /... (1966-1967 / Series 1-2 / 24 episodes)
  • Garfield Morgan — DCI Gwyn Lewis /... (1966 / Series 1 / 19 episodes)
  • Norman Bowler — DS Harry Hawkins /... (1966-1969 / Series 1-5 / 75 episodes)
  • Gilbert Wynne — DC Reg Dwyer /... (1966-1967 / Series 1-3 / 43 episodes)
  • Cavan Kendall - PC Greenly /... (1966 / Series 1 / 14 episodes)
  • Dan Meaden — DC Ben Box /... (1966-1968 / Series 1-4 / 49 episodes)
  • Eric McCaine - Insp./CI Laird /... (1966-1969 / Series 1-4 / 18 episodes)
  • John Barron — ACC Austin Gilbert /... (1966-1969 / Series 2-5 / 52 episodes)
  • David Quilter — PC Tanner /... (1966-1967 / Series 2-3 / 29 episodes)
  • Chrys Salt - Gwenda Lloyd /... (1967-1968 / Series 3 / 15 episodes)
  • Peggy Sinclair — P/W DS Barbara Allin /... (1967-1969 / Series 3-5 / 38 episodes)
  • Philip Brack — DI Jim Cook /... (1968-1969 / Series 3-5 / 29 episodes)
  • Gavin Campbell — PC/DC William Digby /... (1968-1969 / Series 3-5 / 25 episodes)
  • Howell Evans — DC Morgan /... (1968-1969 / Series 4-5 / 15 episodes)

Others -

  • Alexis Kanner - DC Matt Stone (1966 / Series 1 / 9 episodes)
  • Colin Douglas - DCI Rawlings (1966 / Series 1 / 3 episodes)
  • Barry Letts - DS Reed (1966 / Series 1 / 4 episodes)
  • Glyn Houston - D Supt Arthur Jones (1966-1969 / Series 2, 4 / 7 episodes)
  • Gay Hamilton - Dr Jean Morrow (1969 / Series 4-5 / 5 episodes)
  • Walter Gotell - Chief Con. Arthur Cullen (1969 / Series 5 / 1 episode)

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