Clare In The Community

Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

Like plenty before her, 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.

Clare Barker the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions is back.

The Sony Award Winning comedy, Clare in the Community, returns with Sally Phillips as Clare Barker the social worker who secretly regards herself as a cross between Mother Theresa, Wonder Woman and Michelle Obama.

Clare considers most other professions trivial.

She is in her mid thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

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Edinburgh Special: In Treatment2013082720130903 (BBC7)

Recorded at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Clare and Brian's relationship has always been fraught but with communication at an all time low the couple try relationship counselling. A one-off episode recorded in Edinburgh at the Festival.

Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution. A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

Clare struggles to control both her professional and private life and in this special one-off episode recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Clare's professional life is impacting on her personal life as she and Brian seek help with their relationship. After all, Clare gives of herself everyday at work - is it her fault there's little left for Brian's dreary problems at the end of the day?

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Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

Like plenty before her, 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.

Clare Barker the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions is back.

The Sony Award Winning comedy, Clare in the Community, returns with Sally Phillips as Clare Barker the social worker who secretly regards herself as a cross between Mother Theresa, Wonder Woman and Michelle Obama.

Clare considers most other professions trivial.

She is in her mid thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.Clare Barker has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other people's problems rather than deal with her own.

Stars Sally Phillips.

Clare Barker has entered a caring profession so that she can defer from her own problems.

Clare Barker has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other people's problems rather than deal with her own.

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The social worker gets noisy new neighbours - but what is her rich sister Emma after?

The social worker gets noisy new neighbours - but what is her rich sister Emma after? Stars Sally Phillips.

From December 2004.

The noisy sex life of Clare's new neighbours is keeping her and Brian awake night after night.

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Clare can't understand why she hasn't been invited to Ray's, so she calls round uninvited.

Clare can't understand why she hasn't been invited to Ray's, so she decides to call round uninvited and gets a bit of a shock.

Clare doesn't understand why she has never been invited to Ray's, especially as everyone else in the office has.

She decides to call round unannounced, and is shocked by what she finds in his living room.

Brian is attending a Men's Group each week, until Clare feels threatened by it.

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Clare is racked with relief when her most detested client dies.

She attends the funeral, as it means an afternoon off work.

Helen accompanies her - after all, she's seen Mrs Crossingham's file, so she feels like she knew her.

Brian is unsettled when Simon asks Megan out - he has a quiet word with Simon ensuring their first date is also their last.

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It's Christmas and time for the office Christmas party.

Brian is teaching Clare to drive.

Learning to drive, the social worker heads to the office Christmas party with Brian.

Stars Sally Phillips.

From December 2004.

Brian is teaching Clare to drive, but will she ever get into third gear?

It's CHRISTMAS and time for Sparrowhawk Family Centre office CHRISTMAS party.

It is not a situation she is comfortable with, as it involves taking instruction, whereas, Brian is enjoying his role as instructor far too much.

Will Clare ever get into third gear and will the office party ever divide the restaurant bill fairly!.

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The social worker's disgruntled husband Brian writes a play based on their marriage.

Stars Sally Phillips.

From December 2004.

The social worker's digruntled husband Brian writes a play based on their marriage.

Brian writes a play to be performed by his A-level pupils - a barely disguised portrayal of his life with Clare, and his longing for Megan.

Stung by Brian's accusations of unsupportiveness Clare decides to spring a surprise on Brian and organises a works outing to see the play.

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The social worker organises a birthday dinner for Brian, but there's a mystery guest. Stars Sally Phillips. From November 2005.

The social worker organises a birthday dinner for Brian - but there's a mystery guest.

Stars Sally Phillips.

From November 2005.

Clare organises Brian's birthday party and there turns out to be a mystery guest.

Clare organises Brian's birthday party and there turns out to be a mystery guest.

With Sally Phillips and Gemma Craven.

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Romantic Brian is plotting to surprise the social worker on holiday. Stars Sally Phillips and Gemma Craven. From November 2005.

Romantic Brian is plotting to surprise the social worker on holiday.

Romantic Brian plots to surprise the social worker on holiday.

Brian tries to persuade Clare to take a holiday - but he has an ulterior motive.

Brian persuades Clare to take a holiday, but Clare can't relax.

Will the office fall apart without her - or worse, will the office flourish without her?

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International stardom beckons when the social worker appears on the radio.

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Can couples counselling calm the ultra-PC social worker's constant criticism of her boyfriend Brian? Stars Sally Phillips. From November 2005.

Can couples counselling calm the social worker's constant criticism of her boyfriend?

Can couples counselling calm the social worker's criticism of her boyfriend Brian?

Can couples counselling calm the ultra-PC social worker's constant criticism of her boyfriend Brian?

Brian walks out on Clare and Megan eagerly offers her services as a relationship expert.

Ray tries to contact his dead mother.

Can couples counselling calm the ultra-PC social worker's constant criticism of her boyfriend Brian? Starring Sally Phillips.

Brian walks out on Clare and Megan eagerly offers her services as a relationship expert.

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The meddling social worker takes a homeless survey, and Brian arranges a stag night. Stars Sally Phillips. From September 2005.

The meddling social worker takes a homeless survey, and Brian arranges a stag night.

The interfering social worker goes on a homeless survey and Brian organises a stag night.

Stars Sally Phillips.

From September 2005.

Clare and the team volunteer for the street count, but helping the homeless becomes a competition between Clare and Irene.

Brian organizes Simon's stag night.

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The bossy social worker sticks her oar in Helen's wedding and Megan's home birth. Starring Sally Phillips. From October 2005.

The bossy social worker sticks her oar in Helen's wedding and Megan's home birth.

Megan's baby is due and Helen and Simon's wedding is imminent.

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The bossy social worker needs a new place to stay - and has an unusual, new pen pal.

Stars Sally Phillips.

From December 2006.

Clare and Brian are house hunting.

Clare....Sally Phillips

Brian....Alex Lowe

Wendell Johnson....George Harris

Simon....Andrew Wincott

Ray....Richard Lumsden

Helen....Gemma Craven

Irene....Ellen Thomas

Megan....Nina Conti

Hannah....Alex Tregear

Mr Figgis....Roy Hudd.

Clare and Brian are house hunting.

  • clare....Sally Phillips

    mr bell....Mark Straker

    titty....Geraldine Mcnulty

    colin....Joseph Kloska

    peggy....Mel Hudson

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    The bossy social worker faces festivities with her laid-back parents. Stars Sally Phillips and Gemma Craven. From December 2007.

    The bossy social worker faces festivities with her laid-back parents.

    Clare is determined to survive Christmas Day with her family.

    The ultra-PC social worker spends Christmas with her laid-back parents.

    Staring Sally Phillips and Gemma Craven.

    Stars Sally Phillips

    Stars Sally Phillips and Gemma Craven.

    From December 2007.

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    Clare is coerced into helping Megan organize her one-year-old daughter's birthday party.

    Clare is coerced into helping Megan organise her one-year-old daughter's birthday party.

    Clare Barker....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    Gordon....Lewis Macleod

    The bossy social worker is coerced into organising a children's party.

    Stars Sally Phillips and Alex Lowe.

    From January 2007.

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    Clare and Brian are about to move into a new home, but when Clare finds something disturbing whilst packing, will she want to move anywhere with Brian?

    Clare and Brian are about to move into a new home, but when Clare finds something disturbing whilst packing, will she want to move anywhere with Brian?

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    Preparing to move house, the bossy social worker makes a disturbing discovery.

    Stars Sally Phillips.

    From January 2007.

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    Clare has a new student social worker with an army background, which is good as Clare doesn't have time to toughen up trainees.

    Clare has a new student social worker with an army background, which is good as Clare doesn't have time to toughen up trainees.

    The social worker has a new student with a useful army background.

    Stars Sally Phillips.

    Stars Sally Phillips and Alex Lowe.

    From January 2007.

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    The bossy social worker's nemesis Peggy issues a challenge that she can't refuse.

    Stars Sally Phillips.

    From January 2007.

    Clare and her colleagues are enjoying an easy day at a conference - until Clare's nemesis Peggy turns up and issues a challenge that Clare can't refuse.

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Kevin....Joseph Kloska

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    PA Man....Mark Straker

    Peggy....Mel Hudson.

    Clare and her colleagues are enjoying an easy day at a conference - until Clare's nemesis Peggy turns up and issues a challenge that Clare can't refuse.

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    The bossy social worker wants a baby, but is Brian willing to make it happen?

    Comedy by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.

    Clare Barker is a social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    Clare's mother piles pressure onto her already faltering relationship with Brian.

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Celia Barker....Brigit Forsyth

    Malcolm Barker....Martin Hyder.

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    The overbearing social worker gets boyfriend Brian caught up in a hostage situation.

    Comedy by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.

    Clare Barker is a social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    At couples counselling, Clare and Brian are encouraged to share their interests. Sadly, apart from work, Clare realises she has no interests.

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Counsellor....Anna Bengo

    Yob....Paul Chequer

    Milos Jakovljevic....Shaban Arifi

    Dragan....Rad Lazar.

    At couples counselling, Clare and Brian are encouraged to share their interests.

    Sadly, apart from work, Clare realises she has no interests.

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    The self-centred social worker has dreams of glory, and Irene makes an announcement.

    Comedy by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.

    Clare Barker is a social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    Nominations are required for the Social Worker of the Year Award. While Clare hates mutual back-slapping as much as the next person, she uses all her powers of manipulation to influence the matter.

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Stanley....Martin Hyder.

    Nominations are required for the Social Worker of the Year Award.

    While Clare hates mutual back-slapping as much as the next person, she uses all her powers of manipulation to influence the matter.

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    The over-earnest social worker finds a flatmate, as well as reuniting mother and son.

    The over-earnest social worker finds a flatmate, as well as reuniting mother and son. Stars Sally Phillips. From February 2008.

    When Clare discovers that Helen's son Gareth is not actually spending his gap year in Borneo but around the corner in a squat, will she be able to resist interfering?

    Clare discovers that Helen's son Gareth is not actually spending his gap year in Borneo.

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    Brian is amazed that Clare has remembered Valentine's Day and booked a restaurant.

    Unfortunately, however, she hasn't.

    Romance is in the air for social services colleagues - but the night ends in drama.

    Comedy by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.

    Clare Barker is a social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    Brian is amazed that Clare has remembered Valentine's Day and booked a restaurant. Unfortunately, however, she hasn't.

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Water cooler man....Sam Pamphilon

    Waiter....Ben Onwukwe.

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    Ray's colleagues celebrate his civil partnership and Brian reassesses his life after his not-very-near-death experience.

    Celebrating Ray's civil partnership, drunk Brian learns a lot during the speeches.

    Comedy by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.

    Clare Barker is a social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Ray....Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Gemma Craven

    Irene....Ellen Thomas

    Megan....Nina Conti

    Simon....Andrew Wincott

    Counsellor....Anna Bengo

    Ainsworth....Lloyd Thomas

    Troy....Ben Onwukwe.

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    Plenty of challenges still await an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

    Clare Barker the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    Society itself has improved little, so there are still plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

    The Sony Award Winning comedy, Clare in the Community, stars Sally Phillips as Clare Barker the social worker and control freak who likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her early thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    The last series saw the personal and professional lives of Clare and her team shaken around and shuffled about, but it is in the nature of hell to be unchanging, and all are present and correct for a further round of frustration, despair, disappointment, team meetings and eleven o'clock cakes.

    Cast:

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - Alex Lowe

    Helen - Liza Tarbuck

    Ray - Richard Lumsden

    Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

    Irene - Ellen Thomas

    Simon - Andrew Wincott

    Schoolgirl - Donnla Hughes

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

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    Surprisingly, social worker and control freak Clare manages to make some cool new friends.

    Control freak and social worker, Clare Barker, likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis - so making friends isn't easy. However, in this episode she manages it.

    Cast:

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - Alex Lowe

    Helen - Liza Tarbuck

    Ray - Richard Lumsden

    Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

    Irene - Ellen Thomas

    Simon - Andrew Wincott

    Chloe - Alex Tregear

    Mrs Boxer - Anna Bengo

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Produced by Katie Tyrrell

    Control freak and social worker, Clare Barker, likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis - so making friends isn't easy.

    However, in this episode she manages it.

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    Clare has a new student, Brian has football problems and the centre is in a movie.

    Sally Phillips plays Clare Barker the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    Clare in the Community is about a social worker who has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own.

    The last series saw the personal and professional lives of Clare's team at the Sparrowhawk Family Centre shaken around and shuffled about, but it is in the nature of hell to be unchanging, and all are present and correct for a further round of frustration, despair, disappointment, team meetings and eleven o'clock cakes. All this and Clare has a new trainee social worker to break-in, plus, the family centre is the focus of a documentary film.

    Cast:

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - Alex Lowe

    Helen - Liza Tarbuck

    Ray - Richard Lumsden

    Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

    Irene - Ellen Thomas

    Simon - Andrew Wincott

    Colette/Mrs Cook - Anna Bengo

    Catriona - Alex Tregear

    Written By Harry Venning And David Ramsden

    Produced By Katie Tyrrell.

    Clare has a new trainee social worker to break-in, plus, the family centre is the focus of a documentary film.

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    An old university friend visits social worker Clare and has a confession to make.

    Clare in the Community continues with Sally Phillips as Social worker Clare Barker who has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own. Clare is in her early thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    In this epsiode, an old university friend visits Clare and has a confession to make. Whilst at work Clare has to deal with Tibetan Singing Bowls and a team leader seeking brutal and honest feedback.

    Cast:

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - Alex Lowe

    Helen - Liza Tarbuck

    Ray - Richard Lumsden

    Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

    Irene - Ellen Thomas

    Simon - Andrew Wincott

    Michael - Chris Pavlo

    Carol - Donnla Hughes

    Written By Harry Venning And David Ramsden

    Produced By Katie Tyrrell.

    Clare in the Community continues with Sally Phillips as Social worker Clare Barker who has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own.

    Clare is in her early thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    In this epsiode, an old university friend visits Clare and has a confession to make.

    Whilst at work Clare has to deal with Tibetan Singing Bowls and a team leader seeking brutal and honest feedback.

    An old university friend visits with a confession to make.

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    Clare throws a street party, Brian explores the female mind and a kitten goes missing.

    Clare in the Community continues with Sally Phillips as Clare Barker the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    It's a busy week for Clare who organises a petition to keep the Sparrowhawk Family Centre open and also hosts a garden party to get to know her new neighbours.

    Cast:

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - Alex Lowe

    Helen - Liza Tarbuck

    Ray - Richard Lumsden

    Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

    Irene - Ellen Thomas

    Simon - Andrew Wincott

    Written By Harry Venning And David Ramsden

    Produced By Katie Tyrrell.

    Clare organises a petition to keep the Sparrowhawk Family Centre open and hosts a garden party to get to know her new neighbours.

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    Clare hosts a benefit night to save the family centre, and Nali falls for an older man.

    It's the end of the series for Clare in the Community and, possibly, the end of the Sparrowhawk Family Centre.

    Sally Phillips plays social worker Clare Barker who has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own.

    In the last of the current series, Clare organises a charity benefit in a bid to keep the Family Centre open. The benefit will showcase the talents of her colleagues - and Ray's folk songs.

    Cast:

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - Alex Lowe

    Helen - Liza Tarbuck

    Ray - Richard Lumsden

    Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

    Irene - Ellen Thomas

    Simon - Andrew Wincott

    Written By Harry Venning And David Ramsden

    Produced By Katie Tyrrell.

    In the last of the current series, Clare organises a charity benefit in a bid to keep the Family Centre open.

    The benefit will showcase the talents of her colleagues - and Ray's folk songs.

    Clare organises a charity benefit to try to keep the Sparrowhawk Family Centre open.

    Clare organises a charity benefit in aid of the Keep Sparrowhawk Family Centre Open campaign, and Ray is determined to sing his folk songs.

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    Caring social worker Clare Barker is now Acting Team Leader at the Family Centre.

    Sony Award-winning comedy. Caring social worker Clare Barker is now Acting Team Leader at the Family Centre. Stars Sally Phillips. From May 2010.

    Sony Award-winning comedy. Caring social worker Clare Barker is now Acting Team Leader at the Family Centre. Stars Sally Phillips.

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    Caring social worker Clare Barker is delighted to discover she has an Irish ancestor. Sony Award-winning comedy stars Sally Phillips. From June 2010.

    Caring social worker Clare Barker is delighted to discover she has an Irish ancestor.

    Clare is delighted to find she has an Irish ancestor.

    Sony Award-winning comedy. Caring social worker Clare Barker is delighted to find she has an Irish ancestor. Stars Sally Phillips.

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    Brian and Nali take baby Thomas out for the day. Helen attends the police liaison meeting

    Sally Phillips plays Social Worker Clare Barker who has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own. Clare is in her early thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Clare is back on the social work frontline as a vomiting bug hits her colleagues. Brian and Nali take baby Thomas out for the day and Helen attends the police liaison meeting.

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - Alex Lowe

    Ray - Richard Lumsden

    Helen - Liza Tarbuck

    Megan/Nali - Nina Conti

    Libby - Sarah Kendall

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer: Katie Tyrrell.

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    Clare doesn't like people on her patch, especially if they're an interfering vicar.

    Social worker Clare Barker doesn't like people on her patch, especially if they're an interfering vicar. Stars Sally Phillips.

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    Clare is entranced by a dog that follows her into work, unlike Brian.

    Clare is entranced by a dog that follows her into work, unlike Brian. But, the dog has its uses. With Sally Phillips. From June 2010.

    The social worker is entranced by a dog following her into work.

    The social worker is entranced by a dog following her into work, unlike Brian. But the dog has its uses. Stars Sally Phillips.

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    Clare decides to focus on her son, sparking a chance meeting that could change her life.

    Clare decides to focus on her son, sparking a chance meeting that could change her life. Stars Sally Phillips. From July 2010.

    Clare's decision to focus on her son leads to a chance meeting that could change her life.

    Clare's decision to focus on her son leads to a chance meeting that could change the course of her life. Stars Sally Phillips.

    Clare has a chance meeting at Toddler Tunes that could change the course of her life.

    Clare decides to focus her attention on her son, Thomas. This leads to a chance meeting at Toddler Tunes that could change the course of Clare's life. Meanwhile, Brian's admiration for Nali grows when she visits his school and tames Year Nine. All this plus Clare and Libby both interview for the Team Leader post.

    Clare....Sally Phillips

    Brian....Alex Lowe

    Ray/Pendred/Interviewer.... Richard Lumsden

    Helen....Liza Tarbuck

    Megan/Nali....Nina Conti

    Libby....Jess Robinson

    Sybil/Girl/Nuli....Alex Tregear

    Howard....Paterson Joseph

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer: Katie Tyrrell

    The Sony Award Winning comedy, Clare in the Community, returns with Sally Phillips as Clare Barker the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

    Like plenty before her, Clare, has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own. She is in her mid thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    A control freak, Clare Barker likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis and in a society where there are still plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued struggle to control both her professional and private life.

    The Sony Judges said: "A completely engaging narrative, beautifully observed characters and lots of very funny material. A radio sit-com which pleasingly stresses the 'com' rather than the 'sit'.".

    Clare decides to focus her attention on her son, Thomas.

    This leads to a chance meeting at Toddler Tunes that could change the course of Clare's life.

    Meanwhile, Brian's admiration for Nali grows when she visits his school and tames Year Nine.

    All this plus Clare and Libby both interview for the Team Leader post.

    Like plenty before her, Clare, has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own.

    She is in her mid thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    A control freak, Clare Barker likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis and in a society where there are still plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker.

    Or even Clare.

    The Sony Judges said: "A completely engaging narrative, beautifully observed characters and lots of very funny material.

    A radio sit-com which pleasingly stresses the 'com' rather than the 'sit'.".

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    Will the Sparrowhawk Family Centre survive the Big Society?

    Clare in the Community returns with Sally Phillips as Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued struggle to control both her professional and private life. In her private life Clare is struggling to come to terms with Brian's infidelity. Will their relationship survive?

    In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

    Episode One 'The Prisoner' Cast:

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan/Nali: NINA CONTI

    Ray: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen: LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon: ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby: SARAH KENDALL

    WPC Petherington: SOPHIE THOMPSON

    Mr. Chisholm: GERARD MCDERMOTT

    Mr Barton: SIMON BUBB

    Shuliman Olibaju/Annabel: VICTORIA INEZ HARDY

    School Girl: GEORGIA LOWE

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

    In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker.

    Or even Clare.

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    Ending her relationship with Brian, Clare is surprised by her colleagues' reaction.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    In episode two 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' Clare ends her relationship with Brian and is surprised by her colleagues' reaction to the news.

    Episode Two 'To Kill A Mocking Bird'

    Clare - Sally Phillips

    Brian - ALEX LOWE

    Megan/Nali - NINA CONTI

    Ray - RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen - LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon - ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby - SARAH KENDALL

    Pru Granville - SOPHIE THOMPSON

    Mr Collier - GERARD MCDERMOTT

    Thomas - GEORGIA LOWE

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer by Katie Tyrrell.

    Social Worker Clare Barker splits up with Brian. At least she's a single parent.

    Clare ends her relationship with Brian and is surprised by her colleagues' reaction to the news.

    At least she's a single parent.

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    Brian fails to impress, and is Clare linguistically out of touch with today's youth?

    In Episode Three 'Rude Girl'; Social Worker, Clare Barker, is concerned she may be linguistically out of touch with today's youth. Brian fails to impress Clare with numerous romantic gestures. A Heating Engineer causes a stir in the Family Centre and Megan causes chaos.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Episode Three 'Rude Girl' Cast:

    Sally Phillips Clare

    ALEX LOWE Brian

    NINA CONTI Megan / Nali / Beautician

    RICHARD LUMSDEN Ray

    LIZA TARBUCK Helen

    ANDREW WINCOTT Simon / John Harris / Youth Leader

    SARAH KENDALL Libby

    NATHAN CATON Daniel

    GERARD McDERMOT Mr Truscott / Barman / Paramedic

    STEFAN RAMSDEN Thomas

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    Clare is concerned she may be linguistically out of touch with today's youth.

    In Episode Three 'Rude Girl'; Social Worker, Clare Barker, is concerned she may be linguistically out of touch with today's youth.

    Brian fails to impress Clare with numerous romantic gestures.

    A Heating Engineer causes a stir in the Family Centre and Megan causes chaos.

    Cast:

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    Clare is plagued by Brian's marriage proposals, and the family centre has an unveiling.

    Episode Four - Debt of Honour

    Clare is being plagued by Brian's marriage proposals. Her driving lessons lead to an unexpected encounter and there is an unveiling of a piece of public art at the Sparrowhawk Family Centre.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Episode Four - Debt of Honour - Cast

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan / Nali: NINA CONTI

    Ray / Nick Powell: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen/ Lady Mayoress/Carol Morley: LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon / Frankie 'The Fruitcake' Finnigan: ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby: SARAH KENDALL

    Spartacus /'James Naughtie': GERARD McDERMOT

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    Clare Barker tries to control both her professional and private life. And learn to drive.

    Clare is being plagued by Brian's marriage proposals.

    Her driving lessons lead to an unexpected encounter and there is an unveiling of a piece of public art at the Sparrowhawk Family Centre.

    Cast

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    Clare encounters the man whose music influenced and shaped her as a teenager in the 90s.

    In Episode Five - 'Heroes'; Clare encounters Bradley Bigg - Pop's tub-thumping troubadour and Blue Collar balladeer whose music influenced and shaped her as a teenager. Meanwhile, Brian has to break some bad news to Nali and Helen takes on the role of Health and Safety Officer with uncharacteristic vigour.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Episode Five - Heroes

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan/Nali: NINA CONTI

    Ray/Mr Trueman: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen: LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon/Bradley: ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby: SARAH KENDALL

    Chelsy: VICTORIA INEZ HARDY

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    Clare encounters Bradley Bigg - Pop's tub-thumping troubadour and Blue Collar balladeer whose music influenced and shaped her as a teenager. Meanwhile, Brian has to break some bad news to Nali and Helen takes on the role of Health and Safety Officer with uncharacteristic vigour.

    In Episode Five - 'Heroes'; Clare encounters Bradley Bigg - Pop's tub-thumping troubadour and Blue Collar balladeer whose music influenced and shaped her as a teenager.

    Meanwhile, Brian has to break some bad news to Nali and Helen takes on the role of Health and Safety Officer with uncharacteristic vigour.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis.

    Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker.

    Or even Clare.

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    Finally, it's Clare and Brian's wedding day! But first there's the Hen Party and Stag Night to get through.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Episode 6 'Basic Attraction' Cast:

    Sally Phillips Clare

    ALEX LOWE Brian

    NINA CONTI Megan / Nali

    RICHARD LUMSDEN Ray

    LIZA TARBUCK Helen

    ANDREW WINCOTT Simon

    SARAH KENDALL Libby

    TRACY WILES Nina / Mrs Mellish

    GERARD MCDERMOT Registrar

    ADAM BILLINGTON Gavin / Terry

    VICTORIA INEZ HARDY Nurse / Trudi

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    It's Clare and Brian's wedding day! But first there's the hen party and stag night.

    Episode Six - Basic Attraction

    In Episode Six 'Basic Attraction'; Finally, it's Clare and Brian's wedding day! But first there's the Hen Party and Stag Night to get through.

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    Social worker Clare Barker and her colleagues have to move offices and embrace hot-desking

    Episode One - Hot Desk

    Social Worker Clare Barker and her colleagues have to move offices and embrace hot desking. All this while Clare has a new student to wet nurse. Brian is struggling to keep control in the classroom.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    Cast:

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan/Nali: NINA CONTI

    Ray: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen: LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon: ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby: SARAH KENDALL

    Alice: ALEX TREGEAR

    Abigail: ELEANOR CROOKS

    Dexter: WILL HOWARD

    Bob: ROBERT BLYTHE

    Neighbour/Terence/MC: BEN CROWE

    Simon's Girlfriend: BHARTI PATEL

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    With society collapsing all around her, Clare is stuck indoors bean counting.

    Episode 2 - On Expenses

    With society collapsing all around us Social Worker Clare Barker is appalled to be stuck indoors bean counting. But as Clare discovers anomalies in the Sparrowhawk Family Centre's expense claims will friendship and loyalty win over professional integrity?

    Clare in the Community returns with Sally Phillips as Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued struggle to control both her professional and private life. In her private life Clare is struggling to come to terms with Brian's infidelity. Will their relationship survive?

    In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    With society collapsing all around her, Clare's appalled to be stuck indoors bean counting

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan: NINA CONTI

    Ray: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen: LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon: ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby: SARAH KENDALL

    Paul: BEN CROWE

    Mrs Manjula: BHARTI PATEL

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    The team's anxiety over redundancies is overshadowed by shattering news concerning Ray.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    In Episode Three 'Fifty Shades of Ray'; the team's anxiety over possible redundancies is overshadowed when they hear some shattering news concerning Ray.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    Cast:

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan: NINA CONTI

    Ray: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen: LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon: ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby: SARAH KENDALL

    Peter/Fireman: PATRICK BRENNAN

    Major: ROBERT BLYTHE

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    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Brian and Clare are struggling with childcare for their son Thomas when Clare bumps into their beloved Nanny, Nali - who they sacked.

    Episode 4 - Nanny State

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    Brian and Clare are struggling with their son, when they bump into their beloved ex-nanny.

    Brian and Clare are struggling with their son, when they bump into their beloved nanny.

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Nali: NINA CONTI

    Stan: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Mrs Pope: SARAH THOM

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    Clare is in deep water at work, after an unprofessional mishap.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    After an unprofessional mishap at the Sparrowhawk Family Centre one of the Social Workers needs to fall on their sword.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    The Scapegoat - Cast:

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan/Nali: NINA CONTI

    Ray: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Helen: LIZA TARBUCK

    Simon: ANDREW WINCOTT

    Libby: SARAH KENDALL

    Man: ROBERT BLYTHE

    Mr Needham: PATRICK BRENNAN

    Trudi: SARAH THOM

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    Clare is relishing the role of acting team leader at the family centre.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    In 'The Parent Trap' Clare is relishing the role of acting Team Leader at the Family Centre but at home she's not relishing a visit from Brian's mother.

    Episode 6 - The Parent Trap

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Katie Tyrrell.

    Clare: Sally Phillips

    Brian: ALEX LOWE

    Megan/Nali: NINA CONTI

    Ray: RICHARD LUMSDEN

    Hazel: HANNAH GORDON

    Joan/Laura: SARAH THOM

    Joe/Mike: ADAM NAGAITIS

    Paul/Frank: PAUL STONEHOUSE

    Girl: STEPHANIE RACINE

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    Clare has mysteriously fled her honeymoon and returned to work.

    Episode One - Stand By Your Man

    Clare has mysteriously abandoned her honeymoon and come back to work at Sparrowhawk Family Centre. The rest of the social workers have an unfortunate experience on a community project, and Brian struggles to enjoy a holiday on his own.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

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    Clare is convinced that the centre is the home of the Secret Social Worker blogger.

    Episode Two - In Blog We Trust

    Clare is convinced that the Sparrowhawk Centre is the home of a blogger called 'The Secret Social Worker' and sets out to track them down. Meanwhile Brian accepts Simon's help to find a date.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

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    Episode Three - Away Day Wey Hey

    Clare and the rest of the Sparrowhawk team are forced to take part in a team-building away day, much to Clare's disapproval.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

    Clare and the rest of the Sparrowhawk team are forced to take part in a team-building day.

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    Clare is facing a disciplinary tribunal after a seemingly straightforward job goes awry.

    Episode Four - Driven To Extremes

    Clare is facing a disciplinary tribunal after a seemingly straightforward job goes awry. Can she convince the panel of her professionalism? At home, Brian tries to cheer up a despondent Nali.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

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    Clare is forced to confront an old phobia after her client meeting takes an odd turn.

    Episode 5 - Panic Room

    Clare is forced to confront an old phobia after a regular home visit takes an unusual turn. Fortunately Helen is on hand to help. Back in the office, Joan is left holding the babies.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

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    Clare has finally managed to find some time for romance. Meanwhile Brian discovers that a cheap flat comes with some unusual conditions and Nali has an eventful first day in her new job.

    Clare has finally managed to find some time for romance in between saving society.

    Episode Six - Come Dine With Me

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

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    Episode One - My Kind Of Town

    Clare gets involved with a devious TV producer who's making a documentary about the Sparrowhawk estate. Brian has gone on a fitness kick and joined a men's group, which is threatened by the arrival of a new member.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

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    Episode One - My Kind Of Town

    Clare gets involved with a devious TV producer who's making a documentary about the Sparrowhawk estate. Brian has gone on a fitness kick and joined a men's group, which is threatened by the arrival of a new member.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith

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    Episode Two - Family Values

    A family funeral reveals some uncomfortable home truths for the Barker family. Brian meanwhile has enthusiastically embraced a new fitness regime.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.

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    Episode Two - Family Values

    A family funeral reveals some uncomfortable home truths for the Barker family. Brian meanwhile has enthusiastically embraced a new fitness regime.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith

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    Clare and her estranged sister are forced to co-operate with one another, in between some Sparrowhawk team lead self-defence training.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith

    1004Things That Go Bump In The Day20150731

    The Sparrowhawk team are forced to work together to overcome a little problem they discover in the office. Lead by Clare, they're thinking outside the box...

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith

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    Episode Five - This Is A Man's World.

    Nali's ex-husband arrives unexpectedly and Clare takes it upon herself to intervene. Simon has some bad news about Brian's vitamin supplements.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith

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    The Sparrowhawk team hold a leaving do, and take the opportunity to reminisce.

    Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

    A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

    Each week we join Clare in her continued 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.

    Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

    Producer Alexandra Smith.