Clare In The Community. Copyright: BBC.

Clare In The Community

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about a social worker. 67 episodes (11 series), 2004 - 2016. Stars Sally Phillips, Alex Lowe, Nina Conti, Richard Lumsden and others.

Clare In The Community. Copyright: BBC.

Clare In The Community

Social worker Clare Barker (Sally Phillips) has a tendancy to find solutions to other people's problems rather than solving her own

2004 - 2016
BBC Radio 4
67   (11 series)
Harry Venning
Sally Phillips, Alex Lowe, Nina Conti, Richard Lumsden, Gemma Craven, Liza Tarbuck, Sarah Kendall, Andrew Wincott and others
Harry Venning and David Ramsden
Katie Tyrrell, Alexandra Smith and Paul Schlesinger

Radio sitcom set around the professional and personal life of the social worker Clare Barker. Control freak Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis.

Using constant professional and technical jargon while working with colleagues and at home with her partner Brian, Clare rarely finds time to solve her own problems. She is too involved improving her client's lives and solving her friend's problems. For Clare everything is a competition, from having the ultimate linguistic answer to an argument, to improving Brian's lifestyle and their relationship as a couple. Through frequent 'talks' about their relationship, Clare and Brian agree that they love each other but eventually come to realise that they have little shared interests.

Clare is in her thirties, white, middle-class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 26th November 2004 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 20th December 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 6th January 2019 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra

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