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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"Wildly funny." ( Sunday Times)
"The sharpest script I've heard for years." ( The Observer)
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5 out of 5 stars
By MrsFiddleback on 04-09-09

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.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Valerie on 06-04-11

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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By christine on 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

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