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Clare in the Community: Series 4 [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Harry Venning
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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13 Dec 2010
This is the fourth series of the Sony Award-winning comedy starring Sally Phillips as Clare. 'Beautifully observed performances...an impressive cast and some genuinely funny writing make this a must' - "The Stage". Splendidly self-obsessed social worker Clare Barker is back in the community and as entertaining as ever in the fourth series of this acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy. In these six episodes, Clare's mother piles pressure onto her faltering relationship with Brian, Clare and Brian are encouraged to share their interests at couples counselling and nominations are required for the Social Worker of the Year Award. Clare discovers that Helen's son Gareth is not spending his gap year in Borneo, Brian is amazed that Clare has remembered Valentine's Day and Ray's colleagues celebrate his civil partnership. Sally Phillips stars as Clare, with Alex Lowe as Brian, Gemma Craven as Helen and Nina Conti as Megan.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (13 Dec 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1408467429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467428
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars gentle and witty 23 Jun 2010
By S.R.J VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Being of a social work background myself, I must confess to a chuckle as I listen to these amusing tales of casework and core assessments. Obviously this is a gentle take on the whole business of social care but nonetheless it does present delightful little vignettes which in a reasonably accurate manner, portray some aspects of the light-hearted side of this business. A little stereotyped perhaps but the writers can fairly lay claim to a knowledge of the subject although care is taken to ensure the humour is sufficiently generalised to comfortably engage a lay audience. All in all a good hoot which should keep those in the know as well as those outside quietly chortling.

S.R.J
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a delight to hear these programmes 11 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a bit biased as I was in the studio audience for the last two episodes. However all of these are highly amusing. It's rare to find a radio show that can rival Hancock's Half-hour, The Glums and The Navy Lark at radio sitcoms but here we do. Maybe it is just as well that the TV pilot was not commisioned as this is a perfect show to listen to when decorating, cleaning or exercising.

This is the last series to have the wonderful Gemma Craven as Helen. Nice person that Lisa Tarbuck is (who replaced her), she doesn't have Gemma's bite and controlling nature. Having said that the recent episodes of series 6 have been hilarious so long may this show continue!

The episodes are:

1. Mother of all Mothers. Clare's mother comes to stay

2. A Game of Two Slavs. Clare and Brian try to share their interests with each other.

3. And the Winner Is. Clare eyes the "Social Worker of the Year" award and Irene and her husband have split up

4. Carry On Up The Amazon. Brian and Clare interview for a lodger. Meanwhile Helen misses her son, Gareth.

5. My Funny Valentine. Clare (falsely) promised Brian she has booked a table at a restaurant for Valentine's Day.

6. The Long Goodbye. Ray and Troy have a civil wedding. Brian contemplates giving up teaching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle comedy 29 Aug 2010
By IWFIcon VINE VOICE
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Sally Phillips should be heralded as some form of national heroine yet sadly she doesn't really seem to get the kind of positive press on a large scale that other, less talented, artists get.

Claire in the Community is perhaps not her finest hour but is a gently funny look at the life of social worker Clare and whilst it perhaps lacks that little spark that would really set it apart from the chasing pack, it remains the kind of show that can easily help you to pass half an hour of your day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Although I've not yet finished listening to this, it has already had me giggling with some entertaining episodes - and, in ways, I look forwards to hearing the rest. However, parts of it are very silly, and sections have had me getting irritated as the 'humour' is taken to what I consider to be ridiculous and rather puerile extremes. What a shame!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'd never heard of Clare in the Community before I received this CD set so I was set for a journey into BBC Audio unknown. I like Sally Phillips and have always found that anything she is in is funny. This did not disappoint though I feel that those who have followed Clare in her previous outings on radio will have a better knowledge of her character and past escapades.

The episodes in this series are

1. Mother of all Mothers: Clare's mummy comes to stay - not helpful when Clare and Brian are trying for a baby.

2. A Game of Two Slavs: A relationship counsellor suggests that Clare and Brian try to share their interests with each other.

3. And the Winner Is: Clare dreams of winning the "Social Worker of the Year" award.

4. Carry On Up The Amazon: Helen misses her son, Gareth who is supposed to be travelling on his gap year except Clare finds out he hasn't gotten too far!

5. My Funny Valentine: Clare has promised Brian she has booked a table at a restaurant for Valentine's Day. The only problem is she hasn't!

6. The Long Goodbye: Brian has a life-altering experience when a bullet grazes his head and he contemplates his future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to get into 19 Aug 2010
By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Not having previously come across this series, I chose it on the strength of the actors in it. In particular for the title role of Claire. I wasn't disappointed, the audio acting is excellent and eases you into the series without much effort of having to work out the relationships and previous series knowledge doesn't seem to be hugely required. I am sure fans won't be disappointed, I certainly wasn't as a newcomer, and would welcome discovering the back catalogue.

I am a self confessed sic-fi and thrillers geek, so I am the first to admit I wouldn't normally go for the sitcom style audio play, but this comedy is interesting and made me chuckle a lot with sharply written and delivered dialogue, seen from point of view of people serving the community, and makes a refreshing change from a lot of other audio plays which are often centred around sci-fi or crime novels.

Warmly Recommended to fans and newcomers alike
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A generic sitcom that delivers the laughs 25 July 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Clare in the Community is one of those sitcoms that doesn't break any new ground, doesn't deviate much from stereotypes and popular prejudices and isn't an essential listen by any means, but which is surprisingly enjoyable all the same. Clare's the classic social worker stereotype, self-important, self-obsessed, somewhat hypocritical in her quest to save the world from itself and completely insensitive to the feelings of those who should be closest to her, in particular her partner. Series Four sees their relationship in crisis - this is, after all, a comedy soap opera - co-workers coming out of the closet and last minute Valentine's Day restaurant bookings ending in a botched police raid and a shooting (well, if you will leave it so late that the only place you can get a table is run by ex-offenders) before ending on a big cliffhanger, and while it occasionally skirts a little close to the borders of incredulity, it provides more than enough laughs to reward he casual listener as well as the devoted fan. Much of the credit for that goes to a well-cast ensemble of co-workers who are varied enough to compensate for the fact that Clare tends to be a bit of a one-note two-joke character. It won't change your life or improve your standard of living, but it's a very pleasant diversion for a few hours. Better than the three-star rating implies, but Amazon don't offer the option to offer the three-and-a-half stars that this more properly deserves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
Bought this as a birthday present for my brother who is a social worker. He found it unmissable and thoroughly entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by vb
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good and bad in parts..
Minimum exposure to social workers has impovorished my soul and deprived me of parts of my life force. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Roger Sharp
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay I suppose
I guess this wasn't my "cup of tea". I would understand that someone who followed from series 1 to 3 would have gotten more from this. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by Sanjay
4.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly true to life.
I hadn't come accross this series before, and to be honest I wasn't expecting to enjoy it. My brother who shares my tastes recommend it though, so I gave it a spin. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by Prof TBun
3.0 out of 5 stars is it still as funny?
Even into series 4 Claire In The Community continues to raise a rye chuckle. Sally Philips and the rest of the cast continue to play their parts really well, but whereas when it... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to dip in to
I hadn't come across Clare in the Community before this CD, so I was intrigued to give it a try. The set up is quite simple. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2010 by D. Pearce
3.0 out of 5 stars An Average Radio 4 Comedy
Radio 4 comedy has thrown up many great series, some of which has transferred effectively to TV. But even at a time like today, where TV situation comedy as in a parlous state, I... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Richard Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad ....
If you listen to Radio 4 and some of the comedy on there then this is going to sit quite well with you. It's adult orientated humour not "The world stands up". Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by A. Cresswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Clare
Absoloutley brilliant. Clare at her best, or probably worst. Be careful when listening to this in the car, uncntrolled laughter can be dangerous!

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Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Tony R.
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a tricky one....
I was sent a CD of Clare in The Community to review for Amazon. I never request products that I think I will dislike, that would be stupid. Read more
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