Secrets And Lattes. Image shows from L to R: Trisha (Julie Graham), Clare (Hilary Lyon), Krzysztof (Simon Greenall), Lizzie (Pearl Appleby). Copyright: ABsoLuTeLy Productions.

Secrets And Lattes

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 12 episodes (2 series), 2014 - 2015. Stars Julie Graham, Hilary Lyon, Simon Greenall and Pearl Appleby.

Secrets And Lattes

Radio 4 comedy series about erstwhile free spirit Trisha who returns to her native city of Edinburgh after years of living in London

2014 - 2015
BBC Radio 4
12   (2 series)
Julie Graham, Hilary Lyon, Simon Greenall and Pearl Appleby
Hilary Lyon
Marilyn Imrie
Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy

Hilary Lyon's series sees erstwhile free spirit Trisha return to her native city of Edinburgh after years of living in London. Trisha, a generally relaxed and positive art teacher is coping with not only unexpectedly losing her job, but also trying to repair her bruised heart. Nonetheless, she arrives at Waverley Station enthusiastic and eager for the next chapter of her life to begin.

Trisha's solvent big sister Clare is a non-practising qualified accountant, has been married for years, has two spoiled teenage children and has probably spent too much time on the school PTA.

Clare struggles with a tendency towards suburban snobbery and an obsessive need to control but happily facilitates the opening of 'Cafe Culture' in leafy Bruntsfield, which marks the beginning of a whole new era for both sisters.

Throw in temperamental opera-loving Polish chef, Krzysztof and a strangely forward teenage customer, Lizzie, and you have the perfect recipe for volatile relationship tension, a lot of laughs and a few secrets for good measure.

Who keeps phoning Trisha? What's really going on in Clare's perfect family? What is Krzysztof's past and what on earth is going on with Lizzie and her acquisitive habit?

Set against the backdrop of a nation currently caught up in its own identity debate, Trisha, Clare, Krzysztof and Lizzie are all at a crossroads one way and another. Who are they really, what are they doing with their lives and what happens if 'Cafe Culture' collapses?

Life in the cafe is never dull... there's always an everyday crisis or, at times, epic drama going on (merited or otherwise... Krzysztof is never one for not making a meal out of everything, besides just the cooking ingredients). Sibling tensions are never too far from the fore and relationships are tested all round as our cafe team cope with life's unexpected events and its inevitable trail of issues.

Love, heartbreak, parenthood: identity, status and secrecy all feature in our quartet's lives starring alongside, obviously, a helluva lot of coffee and a load of laughter too...

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 7th April 2014 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Monday 10th August 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 7th September 2019 at 5:00am on Radio 4 Extra

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