1 9 6 1 – 1 9 6 3 (UK)
32 x 60 minute episodes
A soap-like series about the office and sales staff of a bustling West End department store, which according to the publicity blurb, this series was “shopping with the lid off” and featured all the life and loves of the staff in the store.
“The characters are real, the carpets are plush, the atmosphere is authentic – Yes madam, you’ll enjoy buying at Harpers – that’s our slogan”.
The show did well for a while, topping the ratings in mid-1961, before the (soap) bubble burst in the second season, largely pricked by its intentions of serious dramatic purpose.
Harpers West One was co-created by future IBA Director-General, John Whitney.