5.4/101 Votes Alchetron
Country of origin UK
Running time 50 minutes
First episode date 27 May 1976
Networks BBC, BBC One
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:
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.