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Summary

The 12th and final series of the hilarious BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Phillips as the social worker with a dedicated social conscience (unless it's inconvenient for her).

The Sony Award-winning comedy series returns for the last time, as we bid farewell to Clare and her ongoing struggle to control both her professional and private life. In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

These six episodes see her once again indulging her control freakery as she interferes in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. At the Sparrowhawk Family Centre, Clare’s feeling the pressure - her clients are as awkward as ever, new student Cilla still needs her unique brand of mentoring and Mrs Singh continues to be a thorn in her side. And back at home, there are problems and surprises in store. Can she finally crack work and family life and get her rocky relationship with Brian back on track - or does fate have other ideas?

After 15 years, 12 series and 74 episodes, it’s crunch time for Clare.... 

Sally Phillips stars as Clare, with Alex Lowe as Brian, Nina Conti as Nali, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Cilla and Nina Wadia as Mrs Singh.

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

Produced by Alexandra Smith

Production Coordinator: Beverly Tagg

Studio Managers: Jill Abram, Marc Willcox, Gary Newman

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 September 2019

Cast

Clare……………………………Sally Phillips

Brian……………………………Alex Lowe

Ray……………………………Richard Lumsden

Simon……………………………Andrew Wincott

Libby……………………………Sarah Kendall

Joan……………………………Sarah Thom

Nali……………………………Nina Conti

Mrs Singh……………………………Nina Wadia

Cilla……………………………Gbemisola Ikumelo

With Rebecca Root, George Fouracres, Jenni Murray, Jenny Bede and Rosie Cavalier

Episode guide

  1. 'Heartbroken'
  2. 'I Predict a Riot'
  3. 'Questions Questions'
  4. 'Unlucky Louis'
  5. 'Ray of Sunshine'
  6. 'Killing Clare'
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Critic reviews

"The best comedy on radio." (The Stage)

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disappointed

After a long wait, this was not a great end to a wonderful show. The plot is thin, the storyline is weak and the last episode is predictable. The writing for this one isn't great.

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Should have stopped at series 11 !!

The loss of several major characters, contrived and weak plots and very unsatisfactory ending has rendered this last series very disappointing. I have regularly listened back to all previous series, but this is one I will try to forget.

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First rate comedy

12 series of cleverly scripted and excellently performed audio comedy. Every character was well played, particularly Clare and Nali. What a shame there are no more of these!