The complete 10th series of the Sony Award-winning comedy series - plus a Christmas special.
"The best comedy on radio." (Moira Petty, The Stage)
Clare Barker, the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions, continues to struggle with her professional and private lives in these seven hilarious episodes, which include a special Christmas edition of the show.
In 'Christmas with Clare Barker', Clare is working through the holidays and has had enough of the whole seasonal shebang. But will a chance encounter bring back a bit of festive magic?
Series 10 sees Brian going on a fitness kick and joining a men's group. Clare, meanwhile, gets involved with a TV producer making a documentary about the Sparrowhawk estate; faces some home truths at a family funeral; attempts to cooperate with her estranged sister; and intervenes with Nali's ex-husband. Plus the Sparrowhawk team work together to overcome a little problem in the office and hold a leaving do, taking the opportunity to reminisce.
Sally Phillips stars as Clare, with a supporting cast including Alex Lowe as Brian and Nina Conti as Nali/Megan.
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Who cares about Clare ?
Never have so few owed so much to so little.
The Few - Myself and those sitting close enough to hear the tinny tingle tangle from my earbuds explosively punctuated by nasal snorting, wheezing guffaws and decidedly off kilter inner chortles.
The Much - laughter, chuckles and flickers of recognition ignited by the traits we so readily recognise reflected in those around us, compassion for the frailties of social conscience revealed through Clare's tenuous grasp of empathy - followed by much, much sorrow as the fading credits roll.
The Little - little expenditure and little effort on my part, other than pressing play and settling back to ride the Yamanote line in an endless loop around chilly Tokyo whilst basking in the warmth of British humour.
Thank you Mr Venning, Cast & Production team
and thank you Audible.
The exquisitely spine tingling flood of Clare's bombastic rhetoric... gladly it was too often free flowing to be recorded faithfully without listening with a stopwatch.... (I possess no stopwatch so sadly can't respond with precision...)
Yes - the whole series issued so far.... but how can one compare one delicious course from a stupendous banquet with another.... ? -
Other than almost falling off my seat with intermittent spasmodic laughter.... all of the audiobook tweaked some part of my anatomy.
(Yes... I do recommend this audiobook !)
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