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.
These six episodes find Clare Barker, the social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions, struggling once again to control her professional and private life.
Sally Phillips stars as Clare in the first series of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy. Like plenty before her, social worker 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, she is entirely lacking in self-awareness, making her encounters with colleagues, family, and her partner, Brian, wonderfully entertaining and richly comic.
"Not bad, just not laugh-out-loud funny"