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Summary

Sally Phillips stars as Clare in the first series of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy.

Like plenty before her, social worker Clare Barker has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other people's problems rather than deal with her own. A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis, while at the same time finding it a trial having to put up with tiresome members of the public. Politically correct, humourless, and prone to jargon, she is entirely lacking in self-awareness, making her encounters with colleagues, family, and her partner, Brian, wonderfully entertaining and richly comic.

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Critic reviews

"Wildly funny." ( Sunday Times)
"The sharpest script I've heard for years." ( The Observer)

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Clare in the Community

I knew what to expect when I downloaded this series - as I've listened to it when I can catch it on Radio 4. It's brilliant.

What I didn't expect, was how much my family would love it, too. My teenage girls play this when they wash up, or when we go out in the car. It's clever, hilarious and fantastic entertainment - and though risque at times, it's not crude.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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The social worker you love to hate

Clare in the Community Series 1: My sister recently sent me this CD and I found myself laughing out loud in the street while listening on my i-pod. It sucks you right in from the beginning with strong narrative drive and great characterisation which plays on social stereotypes, while gently satirising social workers, teachers and the more ludicrous aspects of our increasingly PC world. Sally Phillips, who was so good in the TV series Smack the Pony, is perfect as the self-obsessed social worker bemused by her lack of popularity and oblivious to the needs of her long-suffering partner, Brian, her work colleagues and her clients. Her handling of her student Megan is hilarious, if slightly troubling! I?m definitely hooked and will be signing up for the subsequent series.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great fun!

What made the experience of listening to Clare in the Community the most enjoyable?

The characters are so much fun and the performances are brilliant.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed Cabin Pressure than you will love this series as well. Just started series 2 and so far found it just as much fun.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Claire

Brilliant, one of my favourite comedies. Sally Philips is fantastic in this role but I can't single her out; the rest of the cast are just as fantastic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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All a quiver with laughter

What did you like most about Clare in the Community?

This is so endearing and cute. The characters are all sweet and very funny, I never ever feel like i'm bored or not being entertained. It's narrative so there is a story to follow and You do feel like these characters are being followed around by the proverbial fly on the wall.

What did you like best about this story?

The delightful menage-a-trois between Clare, Brian and Megan, that only exists for one or perhaps 2 of the characters. Helen's promiscuity and laziness.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is one of the best performances

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Slow to start but the sixth episode is a classic

Radio comedy can do things that just aren't possible in any other format. The sixth episode of this series is a masterwork of comic writing and acting.

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Hilarious

This is very funny, and not just because Sally Philips is in it, although she is superb. The rest of the cast is also very good and the jokes come thick and fast without overdoing the audio gags and the double entendres. The writing is very tight and has some very clever digs at middle class prejudices and moral panics. Even social workers will find plenty to laugh at!

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To be listened to in private

This is a very funny series. The acting is excellent and the script improves with every series. I admit I will laugh at almost anything but this made me laugh out loud. Please bring out Series 8. It is achingly funny.

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  • Mrs K
  • Grantham, United Kingdom
  • 19-03-13

Fabulous

Just love this, the cast are so good, the script excellent, loved it on the radio so downloaded every series.

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Fun little show

This is a nice, enjoyable show, some good gags, well performed by all the cast.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-08-11

Not bad, just not laugh-out-loud funny

A decent enough listen to pass the time, it just wasn't as funny as I hoped.

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  • christine
  • 20-03-12

Awesome for Laughter!!

What did you love best about Clare in the Community?

The story, the character's personalities, listening and imagining the scenarios. Great radio presentation.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole thing, particularly with Brian

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Glad there are more series to enjoy