Softly, Softly was a British television seriesproduced by the BBC from January 1966 to december 1976 with a total of 269 episodes. The series was based on the work of the regional division crime with investigatorsin civilian clothes in the fictional region of Wyvern-supposedly the area around Bristol and Chepstow in England.

The series (which owes its name to the proverb ' Softly, Softly, catchee monkey ') is for Detective Chief Inspector Charles Barlow and Detective Inspector John Watt (played by Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor) from the popular police series Z-Cars, a new challenge to fight against the crime. Also Robert Keegan plays a role as sergeant Blackitt Z Cars,, who is retired and freelance works for the Department of crime.

In 1969 , the BBC series by the transition to colour TV again changed. Barlow, Watt and Hawkins were promoted and sent to the South-East of England, to the (again) fictitious Thamesford, where they were in charge of special operations. The series was renamed Taskforce, but the BBC was reluctant to change a known name and so it became Softly, Softly: Taskforce.

Johns left the Taskforceseries in 1972 (Barlow got his own spin-off series Barlow at Large), but Watts continued until 1976.


  • DCS Charlie Barlow-Stratford Johns (1966-1969)
  • DI/DCI/DS/DCS John Watt-Frank Windsor (1966-1969)
  • DS/DI/CI/DCI ' Harry ' Hawkins-Norman Bowler (1966-1969)
  • Mr. Blackitt-Robert Keegan (1966-1967)
  • DS Matt Stone-Alexis Kanner (1966)
  • DC Reg Dwyer-Gilbert Wynne (1966-1968)
  • DCI Gwyn Lewis-Garfield Morgan (1966-1967)
  • ACC Calderwood — John Welsh (1966-1967)
  • DC Box-Dan Meaden (1966-1968)
  • ACC Gilbert-John Barron (1967-1969)
  • PC Tanner-David Quilter (1966-1967)
  • DS Allin-Peggy Sinclair (1967-1969)
  • DC Digby-Gavin Campbell (1968-1969)
  • DI Jim Cook-Philip Brack (1968-1969)
  • DC Morgan-Howell Evans (1968-1969)
  • Jean Morrow-Gay Hamilton (1968-1969)

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