Gharbar was a weekly BBC television programme for the Asian community. Initially a 26-part series billed as "helping Asian families to help themselves", the programme was made permanent the following April and was aimed at Asian women. The programme generally consisted of features, a children's story and a musical item.

Country of originUnited Kingdom
Running time25 minutes
Original networkBBC One and BBC Two
Original release19 October 1977 (1977-10-19) –
28 April 1987 (1987-04-28)


The first edition was broadcast on BBC Two on 19 October 1977 at 10:20 am[1] and was presented by Lalita Ahmed, Rajni Kaul and Nahid Niazi. When schools programming moved from BBC1 to BBC2 in September 1983, Gharbar transferred to BBC One. It continued to be broadcast on Wednesday mornings and was shown at 10:55 am (10:50 am from the following year), after Play School. At the start of September 1986, and ahead of the launch of the new BBC television daytime service, the programme was moved back to BBC Two. It moved to Tuesdays and was broadcast at the earlier time of 9 am. It continued in this slot until the programme ended on 28 April 1987,[2] two days after companion programme Asian Magazine ended, ahead of a new English language programme for the Asian community, Network East, which launched in July 1987.[3]