Harpers West One

John Leyton

John Leyton, pictured left, plays Johnny St. Cere singing Johnny Remember Me in ATVs Harpers West One. Also starring in the show is Wendy Richard of Eastenders fame.

An ATV network production, this soap opera was set in a large department store, Harper's, in London's affluent West End and ran for 32 episodes (each an hour long) for two years between 1961 and 1963. "Shopping with the lid off", this was the phrase used in the publicity for the show.

Harpers West One revolves around the lives of the staff of a large department store in London's West End. A young Wendy Richard plays receptionist Susan Sullivan. Wendy Richard is probably now best known for her portrayal of Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served (also set in a large department store) and as Pauline Fowler in Eastenders. Another notable actor appearing in the show is Geoffrey Palmer (As Time Goes By).

The actor and singer John Leyton made a guest-starring role as as Johnny St. Cere and sang what became a huge hit for him entitled Johnny Remember Me written by Geoff Goddard and produced by Joe Meek. John Leyton had previously starred as Ginger in Granada Television's Biggles. EMI subsequentl released the song as a single and within two weeks it had shot to the number one spot in the charts.

Other actors appearing in the show include Norman Bowler, Edward Cruicshank (Graham Crowden), Charlie Pugh, Philip Latham, Vivian Pickles (Julie Wheeler), Arthur Hewlett (Aubrey Harper) and Tenniel Evans