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Secrets and Lattes by Hilary Lyon, an Absolutely Production

Secrets and Lattes

Edinburgh's newest coffee shop opens for business this spring on BBC Radio 4 as Hilary Lyon's brand new six part comedy narrative series 'Secrets and Lattes' starring Julie Graham, Hilary Lyon, Simon Greenall and Pearl Appleby hits the airwaves at 11:30am on Monday 7th April 2014.

'Secrets and Lattes' sees erstwhile free spirit Trisha (played by Julie Graham) 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 Edinburgh's Waverley Station enthusiastic and eager for the next chapter of her life to begin.

Trish's solvent big sister Clare (played by Hilary Lyon) is a non-practising qualified accountant, has been married for years, has 2 spoiled teenage children and has probably spent far 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 (Simon Greenall) and a strangely forward teenage customer/helper, Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) 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...

Series Cast

Trisha: Julie Graham
Clare: Hilary Lyon
Krzysztof: Simon Greenall
Lizzie: Pearl Appleby

Production Team

Producers: Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy
Director: Marilyn Imrie
Writer: Hilary Lyon
Studio Engineer/Editor: Alisdair MacGregor
Studio Manager: Alison McKenzie/Fiona MacAlpine    
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Studio: Motivation Sound Studios

For more information, click here to download the Secrets and Lattes press pack