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Publisher's Summary

Series 7-12 of the Sony Award-winning sitcom featuring the splendidly self-obsessed social worker—plus Christmas and Edinburgh Festival Specials.

Well-meaning do-gooder Clare Barker is back, and dealing with more office politics, troublesome clients and domestic dramas. Secretly regarding herself as a cross between Mother Theresa and Wonder Woman, she's got all the right jargon for every problem, but never any practical solutions. However, in today's 'Big Society' there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker (or even Clare)...

These six series find her struggling once again to control both her professional and private life. At the Sparrowhawk Centre, Clare finds herself in hot water on more than one occasion; and the team find themselves moving offices, facing up to possible redundancies, bidding a fond farewell to old colleagues and welcoming new ones. And at home, Clare's relationship with Brian is as thorny as ever. As we follow the duo through break-ups, wedding bells, separations and reconciliations, can they finally find happiness—or does fate have other ideas?

Sally Phillips stars as Clare, with a stellar cast including Alex Lowe, Sarah Thom, Nina Conti and Gbemisola Ikumelo. Also included are a special instalment recorded live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 'In Treatment', and a one-off Christmas outing, 'Christmas With... Clare Barker', featuring guest star Hugh Bonneville.

Production credits:

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

Produced by Katie Tyrrell (Series 7-8 and Edinburgh Special) and Alexandra Smith (Series 9-12 and Christmas Special)

A BBC Studios production

Cast:

Clare - Sally Phillips

Brian - Alex Lowe

Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

Ray - Richard Lumsden

Helen - Liza Tarbuck/Pippa Haywood

Simon - Andrew Wincott

Libby - Sarah Kendall

Joan - Sarah Thom

Mrs Singh - Nina Wadia

Cilla - Gbemisola Ikumelo

Other parts played by members of the cast

With Sophie Thompson, Gerard McDermott, Simon Bubb, Victoria Inez Hardy, Georgia Lowe, Nathan Caton, Stefan Ramsden, Adam Billington, Eleanor Crooks, Will Howard, Robert Blythe, Ben Crowe, Bharti Patel, Patrick Brennan, Robert Blythe, Adam Nagaitis, Paul Stonehouse, Stephanie Racine, Peter Mitchell, Hannah Gordon, John Norton, Arthur Hughes, Alex Tregear, Carolyn Pickles, Hugh Bonneville, Shaun Mason, Lizzie Roper, Karl Theobald, Anil Goutam, Eleanor Curry, Amelia Lowdell, Neet Mohan, Elliot Steel, Dustin Demri-Burns, Clare Perkins, Alison Belbin, Sean Baker, Colin Hoult, Amita Dhiri, Alex Macqueen, Elizabeth Bennett, Nicola Ferguson, Emma Sidi, Rebecca Root, George Fouracres, Jenny Bede, Jenny Murray, Tony Way.

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 23 September-28 October 2011 (Series 7), 2 January-6 February 2013 (Series 8), 27 August 2013 ('In Treatment'), 8 January-12 February 2014 (Series 9), 29 December 2014 ('Christmas With... Clare Barker'), 10 July-14 August 2015 (Series 10), 15 November-20 December 2016 (Series 11), 24 September-29 October 2019 (Series 12).

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Critic Reviews

"An impressive cast and some genuinely funny writing make this a must." (The Stage)

What listeners say about Clare in the Community: The Complete Series 7-12

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  • 07-14-22

very enjoyable and funny

loved it, brilliantly witty. just completed and will listen to this many, many times over the years.

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  • 07-12-22

brilliant

gags come thick and fast , writing is out if the world ,buy it

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  • 06-24-22

The end of Harry Vennings' Clare collection.

A second compendium of the wonderful Clare and co. Sadly the end of Harry Vennings' Clare collection. However, this collection does have episode titles.

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  • 05-31-22

Great series

Could listen to this all day- consistently funny and erudite. Would have loved more episodes but unfortunately it’s not to be.