David Ramsden

Clare in the Community: Series 12
  • Clare in the Community: Series 12

    • Harry Venning

    • David Ramsden

    • Sally Phillips (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Alex Lowe (Read by)

    • Richard Lumsden (Read by)

    • Andrew Wincott (Read by)

    • Sarah Kendall (Read by)

    • Nina Wadia (Read by)

    The twelfth and final series of the hilarious BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Phillips as the social worker with a dedicated social conscience (unless it's inconvenient for her)

    ‘The best comedy on radio’ The Stage

    The Sony Award-winning comedy series returns for the last time, as we bid farewell to Clare and her ongoing 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.

    These six episodes see her once again indulging her control freakery as she interferes in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. At the Sparrowhawk Family Centre, Clare’s feeling the pressure – her clients are as awkward as ever, new student Cilla still needs her unique brand of mentoring, and Mrs Singh continues to be a thorn in her side. And back at home, there are problems and surprises in store. Can she finally crack work and family life, and get her rocky relationship with Brian back on track – or does fate have other ideas?

    After 15 years, 12 series and 74 episodes, it’s crunch time for Clare…

    Sally Phillips stars as Clare, with Alex Lowe as Brian, Nina Conti as Nali, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Cilla and Nina Wadia as Mrs Singh.


    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden
    Produced by Alexandra Smith
    Production Coordinator: Beverly Tagg
    Studio Managers: Jill Abram, Marc Willcox, Gary Newman
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 September 2019

    Cast

    Clare……………………………Sally Phillips
    Brian……………………………Alex Lowe
    Ray……………………………Richard Lumsden
    Simon……………………………Andrew Wincott
    Libby……………………………Sarah Kendall
    Joan……………………………Sarah Thom
    Nali……………………………Nina Conti
    Mrs Singh……………………………Nina Wadia
    Cilla……………………………Gbemisola Ikumelo

    With Rebecca Root, George Fouracres, Jenni Murray, Jenny Bede and Rosie Cavaliero

    Episode guide
    1Heartbroken 24 September 2019
    2 I Predict a Riot 1 October 2019
    3Questions Questions 8 October 2019
    4 Unlucky Louis 15 October 2019
    5 Ray of Sunshine 22 October 2019
    6Killing Clare 29 October 2019

RELEASED 19/12/2019

Harry Venning (Author) 'Clare in the Community began as a strip cartoon in the social work magazine Care Weekly. Six weeks later Care Weekly ceased publication, but no link was ever established between the two events. After this less than auspicious start she transferred to The Guardian, where she has been ever since. In 2004 Clare made the leap from a printed page to the airwaves of Radio 4 as a sitcom, which demanded her character be fleshed out considerably. We decided that she should be white, middle class and heterosexual - all of which are causes of discomfort to her - and that her obsessive involvement in other people's lives was the way she avoided addressing the problems of her own. At first we had a bit of a dilemma regarding Clare's professional competence. Although we were keen to avoid joining in with the national pastime of denigrating social workers, as popularised by certain right-leaning newspapers, Clare was funnier the more insensitive, oblivious, self-absorbed and generally useless she was. Ultimately, we went for the funny option and so far no social workers have complained of misrepresentation. In fact, quite the opposite. Social workers often compliment us on how accurate the shows are, and are surprised that we have no background in the profession. This is particularly flattering, since we have always prided ourselves on writing the shows from a position of profound ignorance. We have our moles on the inside who feed us workplace jargon and steer us away from glaring inaccuracies, but apart from that we have studiously avoided any kind of research. First, because for the show to have mass appeal it has to be accessible to an audience without any specialist knowledge, and secondly because we are too lazy. People often think it's the actors who make comedies funny, but it isn't. It's the writing. Having said that, Clare in the Community has been particularly lucky in its cast. So, grudging thanks to them. And since we're thanking people we really should mention our infinitely patient, endlessly resourceful, multi-talented producer Katie Tyrell.' Harry Venning & David Ramsden, writers of Clare in the Community, June 2007 David Ramsden (Author) David Ramsden is a teacher and freelance writer, best known for co-writing (along with Harry Venning) the scripts for the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Clare in the Community.