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    Softly Softly

    Season 8 1972 - 1973

    • 1972-09-12T17:00:00-06:00 on BBC One
    • 50 mins
    • 16 hours, 40 mins
    • United Kingdom
    • English

    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.

    20 episodes

    8x01 Spit and Polish

    • Season Premiere

      1972-09-12T17:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    8x02 Killer

    • 1972-09-19T17:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    8x03 Surveillance

    • 1972-09-26T17:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    Observation is being kept at the scene of an intended robbery. PC Snow is one of the watchers and he later finds himself in considerable danger.

    8x04 Dog Eat Dog

    • 1972-10-03T17:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    8x05 Bank Rate

    • 1972-10-10T17:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    8x07 The Witness

    • 1972-10-24T17:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    8x09 New Broom

    • 1972-11-07T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    It's surprising what turns up in household refuse. What is it the dustmen find that brings John Watt and the Task Force so promptly to the rubbish tip?

    8x10 Paper Chase

    • 1972-11-14T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    Task Force chase counterfeit notes; CID the money snatchers.

    8x12 Justice

    • 1972-11-28T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    8x13 Conversion

    • 1972-12-05T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    Change creates uncertainty. A shake up in No. 1 Task Force causes PC Snow to think carefully about himself and his future.

    8x14 Needle

    • 1972-12-12T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    Watt and the Task Force investigate an 'accident' and their enquiries take them behind prison walls.

    8x15 Execution

    • 1972-12-19T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    8x16 Time-Table

    • 1973-01-02T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    A safe is blown in Manchester - the suspected man is in Kingley. Watt has a problem.

    8x17 Conspiracy

    • 1973-01-09T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    A gang of safe breakers are plaguing Thamesford constabulary. Adler puts the pressure on Evans to obtain concrete evidence against the villains.

    8x19 For Love or Money

    • 1973-01-23T18:00:00-06:00 — 50 mins

    A policeman has many unpleasant duties, not the least of which is investigating the activities of a fellow officer. John Watt has to face this unpleasant task.