First of its kind
Achar! was a show commissioned by the Government of Singapore in an effort to increase racial integration and harmony through public service broadcasts. Most aspects of the show were mediocre to pedestrian and yet, this show will probably be remembered in posterity as a groundbreaking milestone.
That is because this was the first major attempt to showcase an interracial relationship between an Indian and an Asian. Somehow watching something on television makes it more natural to everyone who watches it, allowing them to set aside their prejudices and biases.
I watched this show at a time when I needed to watch something like this. It made everything seem more bearable. Years from now when there will be a significant number of people who come from mixed backgrounds perhaps we will look back to this show and appreciate it for what it helped enable.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey