Softly, Softly: Taskforce
Softly, Softly: Taskforce is a police based drama series which ran on BBC 1 from 1969 to 1976. A revamp of Softly, Softly, itself a spin off from Z-Cars, the change was partly made to coincide with the coming of colour broadcasting to the BBC’s main channel. The main characters, Detective Chief Inspector Barlow and Detective Inspector Watt were promoted to control of ’taskforces’, a new development in regional police divisions wherein expertise and manpower could be drawn together when needed for special operations. Joining them from Softly, Softly would be DS Harry Hawkins, also on promotion. The stories were set in the fictional south-eastern English borough of Thamesford, where the team were under the baleful eye of Chief Constable Cullen.