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Second Verdict

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Country of origin  UK
Running time  50 minutes
First episode date  27 May 1976
Networks  BBC, BBC One
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No. of episodes  6
Original network  BBC1
Final episode date  1 July 1976
Created by  Troy Kennedy Martin, Elwyn Jones
Starring  Stratford Johns Frank Windsor
Cast  Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor
Program creators  Troy Kennedy Martin, Elwyn Jones, Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones
Similar  Z‑Cars, Softly - Softly, Softly - Softly: Taskforce, An Age of Kings, Dixon of Dock Green

Second Verdict is a six-part BBC television series from 1976, of dramatised documentaries in which classic criminal cases and unsolved crimes from history were re-appraised by fictional police officers. In Second Verdict, Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor reprised for a final time their double-act as Detective Chief Superintendents Barlow and Watt, hugely popular with TV audiences from the long-running series Z-Cars, Softly, Softly and Barlow at Large. Second Verdict built on the formula of their 1973 series Jack the Ripper in which dramatised documentary was drawn together with a discussion between the two police officers which formed the narrative. Second Verdict also allowed for some location filming and, when the case being re-appraised was within living memory, interviews with real witnesses.

The episodes were:

  • "The Lindbergh Kidnapping" (27 May 1976)
  • "Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?" (3 June 1976)
  • "The French Bluebeard" (10 June 1976)
  • "Murder on the 10.27" (17 June 1976)
  • "Lizzie Borden" (24 June 1976)
  • "Who Burned the Reichstag?" (1 July 1976).
  • Although this was the last time Barlow and Watt would be seen together on British TV (and the last time Barlow would be seen at all), the Watt character would make one final appearance, in the last episode of Z-Cars in September 1978.


  • Stratford Johns - (DCS Charlie Barlow)
  • Frank Windsor - (DCS John Watt)
  • References

    Second Verdict Wikipedia

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