The Longest Running Comic Adaptation Currently Airing?

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It has run longer than The Walking Dead. It has run longer than Smallville did. It is the longest currently broadcast series based on a comic, at least in the English language.

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It's called Clare In The Community. Based on the weekly Guardian newspaper strip which began in 1995, after a failed ITV pilot starring Julia Sawalha, it began as a radio sitcom on BBC Radio 4 in 2004, starring Sally Phillips.

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Focusing on social worker Clare, as a woman who likes to try and sort out other people's problems, while ignoring her own, both the strip and the show spreads attention out amongst her co-workers, her husband Brian and the members of his Men's Group. The sitcom also includes Clare and Brian's nanny and son more, with all of the socio-political inconsistencies that brings.

The sitcom has just finished airing its tenth season – you can listen to some of the recent episodes for free here and strip, now in it's twentieth year, can be found here.

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The strip is written and drawn by Harry Venning who co-writes the sitcom with David Ramsden. Both strip and sitcom show no sign of stopping…. and I just though it was worth celebrating their twentieth year and tenth season anniversaries respectively!

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CDs, downlaods and books can be bought here in the US and UK.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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