Secrets And Lattes

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01In The Beginning20140407

Arty Trisha and sensible sister Clare open their new Edinburgh cafe together. Polish chef, Krzysztof, and uninvited waitress, Lizzie, both help and hinder - but will they all even get through Day 1?

Hilary Lyon's new series 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 Waverley Station enthusiastic and eager for the next chapter of her life to begin. Trisha's solvent big sister Clare (played by Hilary Lyon) 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 (Simon Greenall) and a strangely forward teenage customer, Lizzie (Pearl Appleby), and you have the perfect recipe for volatile relationship tension, a lot of laughs and a few secrets for good measure.

Producer: Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

02Growing Pains20140414

Episode 2 of Hilary Lyon's new Edinburgh-based series sees business booming in Cafe Culture, the leafy Bruntsfield coffee shop that Trisha (played by Julie Graham) has opened with her solvent sensible sister, Clare.

Clare (Hilary Lyon) obsessively plans a special themed Valentine's Night celebration in the cafe and rises to the commercial romance challenge. Trisha can't imagine anything more ghastly - she's not a fan of Valentine's nonsense at the best of times, but throw in her recent complicated relationship break-up in London and it really turns her off.

The sisters are delighted that business is booming, but what should they do about the staffing issue? They definitely need more help, but can Trisha persuade Clare and temperamental Polish chef, Krzysztof (Simon Greenall), that kleptomaniac teenager Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) is actually the right person for the job?

Valentine's Day duly arrives. Unexpected revelations abound, unconventional marriage proposals are made and unwanted flowers are delivered. All in all, it's not a very loved-up affair.

Directed by: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy

An Absolute production for BBC Radio 4.

03Spring Awakening20140421

It's Spring in Edinburgh but sisters Trisha and Clare's newly opened cafe isn't blossoming. A business-boosting Polish music evening ends in major heart trauma all round but can an unexpected proposal save the day?

It's Spring in episode 3 of Hilary Lyon's new Edinburgh-based series and everything is blossoming....apart from sisters Trisha and Clare's new business, unfortunately. 'Cafe Culture' is way too quiet for comfort and it's time to be financially inventive. Temperamental, opera-loving, Polish chef, Krzysztof, (Simon Greenall) suggests that they hold an Eastern European music evening and it's full steam ahead....apart from the fact that he, mysteriously, keeps nipping off....-

Arty younger sister, Trisha, (Julie Graham) has recently returned to her native city after years of living in London and also loves to nip off out, but not mysteriously....she's just healthily jogging round the Meadows.

However, one morning, she bumps into a friendly American (Guy Paul) making far too many offers for her liking and she finds it hard to be friendly back. Fretting that Clare has plans to bail out and sell the cafe to the highest bidder, Trisha is all set for a barney with her. Indeed, sensible big sister Clare (Hilary Lyon) is harbouring a few secrets on several fronts whilst Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) continues to battle with her shoplifting habit, but comes up trumps, however, when she's unexpectedly left holding the fort on the big night.

There are identity issues and heart traumas of the major variety all round but can an unexpected, yet welcome, proposal save the day....-

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy

An Absolute production for BBC Radio 4.

04Heart Failures20140428

Episode 4. Heart Failures

It's the Edinburgh festival in episode 4 of Hilary Lyon's new BBC Radio 4 comedy narrative series, 'Secrets and Lattes' and it's drama and fireworks all round.

Business is booming in the Edinburgh cafe that erstwhile free spirit Trisha (played by Julie Graham) has recently opened with her sensible solvent older sister, Clare, (Hilary Lyon) but, sadly, things seem to be unravelling for everybody else on the personal front.

Trisha finds herself not only propping up her sister as she becomes increasingly distraught about her husband's behaviour, but she also ends up providing refuge for teenage waitress Lizzie ( Pearl Appleby) who, despite her buoyant facade, is definitely in need of some tlc.

Thankfully, temperamental opera-loving Polish chef, Krzyzstof (played by Simon Greenall) is back on top form again and it appears that, even for the broken-hearted, eating birthday cake and drinking fizz on the top of a hill can actually be good for you....-

Directed by: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy

An Absolute production for BBC Radio 4.

05A Paler Shade Of White20140505

Episode 5. A Paler Shade of White

In episode 5, the penultimate part of Hilary Lyon's new comedy narrative series ' Secrets and Lattes', for BBC Radio 4, normally laid-back Trisha, (Julie Graham) is wrong-footed when she comes face to face with a very unexpected visitor whilst Clare (played by Hilary Lyon) drives herself (and everybody else for that matter) mad with her obsessive decorating, induced by her increasing anxiety about her husband's uncharacteristic behaviour. It would appear that even though their new Edinburgh cafe business is growing, one sister's life is definitely unravelling while the other's may be starting to knit together again, so long as she can keep her head....-

Meanwhile temperamental opera-loving Polish chef, Krzysztof ( Simon Goodall) doesn't know whether he is coming or going with Trisha and is being driven to distraction (and drink) whilst whacky teenage waitress, Lizzie ( Pearl Appleby) is unusually subdued and secretive after a rubbish night out. Is the 'Cafe Culture' makeover really going to make a difference or are they all just, in their own ways, painting over the literal and metaphorical cracks?

Director....Marilyn Imrie

Producers....Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy

An Absolute production for BBC Radio 4.

06 LASTOh God It's Christmas...20140512

Episode 6. 'Oh God, it's Christmas....'

It's December in episode 6, the final part of Hilary Lyon's new comedy narrative series for BBC R4, and Trisha (played by Julie Graham) has high expectations of the imminent festive season in Edinburgh, as she is spending her first Christmas back in her native city with a particularly special person. She is also uncharacteristically enthusiastic about all things festive at work in 'Cafe Culture', the Bruntsfield coffee shop she runs with her usually sensible big sister Clare (played by Hilary Lyon).

However, everybody else in the Cafe Culture team seems to be dreading it all and there's little evidence of seasonal goodwill around. Clare would happily cancel the whole thing and is fearful of a stressful scenario at home with her troubled husband and monosyllabic teenage children and, for the first time ever, can't summon up the enthusiasm for hanging up even a few tasteful baubles.

Temperamental, opera-loving polish chef, Krzyzstof (Simon Goodall) is having his own major traumas and reservations about everything in his life and although he plans on holding a traditional feast with friends, a major falling-out with Trisha makes this increasingly unlikely. The fourth member of the cafe team, teenage waitress Lizzie (played by Pearl Appleby) is avoiding addressing some complicated family stuff in her past and is pretending to be an ostrich when it comes to Christmas.

Can the team overcome their sturm und drang, survive Christmas and make Cafe Culture a continuing success?

Trish....Julie Graham

Clare....Hilary Lyon

Krzysztof....Simon Greenall

Lizzie....Pearl Appleby

Richard....Roger May

Director....Marilyn Imrie

Producers....Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy

An Absolute production for BBC Radio 4.

06 LAST'Oh God it's Christmas...'20140512

06 LAST'Oh God it's Christmas...'20140512

Episode 6. 'Oh God, it's Christmas......'

It's December in episode 6, the final part of Hilary Lyon's new comedy narrative series for BBC R4, and Trisha (played by Julie Graham) has high expectations of the imminent festive season in Edinburgh, as she is spending her first Christmas back in her native city with a particularly special person. She is also uncharacteristically enthusiastic about all things festive at work in 'Cafe Culture', the Bruntsfield coffee shop she runs with her usually sensible big sister Clare (played by Hilary Lyon).

However, everybody else in the Cafe Culture team seems to be dreading it all and there's little evidence of seasonal goodwill around. Clare would happily cancel the whole thing and is fearful of a stressful scenario at home with her troubled husband and monosyllabic teenage children and, for the first time ever, can't summon up the enthusiasm for hanging up even a few tasteful baubles.

Temperamental, opera-loving polish chef, Krzyzstof (Simon Goodall) is having his own major traumas and reservations about everything in his life and although he plans on holding a traditional feast with friends, a major falling-out with Trisha makes this increasingly unlikely. The fourth member of the cafe team, teenage waitress Lizzie (played by Pearl Appleby) is avoiding addressing some complicated family stuff in her past and is pretending to be an ostrich when it comes to Christmas.

Can the team overcome their sturm und drang, survive Christmas and make Cafe Culture a continuing success?

Trish.......................................Julie Graham

Clare.......................................Hilary Lyon

Krzysztof.................................Simon Greenall

Lizzie......................................Pearl Appleby

Richard.....................................Roger May

Director....................................Marilyn Imrie

Producers ............................... Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy

An Absolute production for BBC Radio 4.

0201All Change20150706

It's the second series of Hilary Lyon's Secrets and Lattes. Trisha (Hilary Maclean) and Clare (Hilary Lyon) keep the caffeine-fuelled comedy coming in their Edinburgh coffee shop, Cafe Culture.

But can the sisters rise to the challenge of keeping the business going while coping with a missing chef and dealing with 20 year-old waitress, Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) falling off the kleptomania wagon?

Throw in Trisha's married ex-boyfriend and Clare's absent husband and it's emotional carnage all round.

Clare can't cope with change but Trisha positively craves it - praise the Lord for God-fearing Minty (June Watson), an eccentric but helpful customer who won't make a drama out of a crisis.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Gordon Kennedy and Moray Hunter

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0202Off Piste20150713

The second series of Hilary Lyon's comedy sees Trisha (Hilary Maclean) and her big sister Clare (Hilary Lyon) grappling with yet more change and upheaval while still serving up the best coffee in Edinburgh.

Clare has great expectations of expanding Cafe Culture, although Trisha has rather more pressing, personal matters on her mind.

Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) harbours dreams of becoming a chef, while eccentric temporary cook Minty (June Watson) drives Clare to Health and Safety distraction.

Can a good-looking man on a bike (Derek Riddell) help save the day on a soaking wet Sunday when the team is faced with a sea of folk in kilts?

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Gordon Kennedy and Moray Hunter

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0203Strictly Christmas20150720

It may be nearing Christmas in Episode 3 of Secrets and Lattes by Hilary Lyon, but it's not all tidings of joy in Edinburgh's Cafe Culture.

Sibling cafe owners Trisha (Hilary Maclean) and Clare (Hilary Lyon) are being haunted by their ex-partners. Richard (Roger May) gets in touch with Trisha with some surprising news and Clare's almost ex-husband Struan (Stuart McQuarrie) is disconcertingly hovering around the city sticking his beak in.

Meanwhile, multi-talented new chef Callum (Derek Riddell) continues to turn everybody's head with some unexpectedly fancy footwork.

An invitation to a ball sees the sisters and would-be chef Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) resembling characters from a well known fairy story but will anyone actually end up kissing their very own prince?

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Gordon Kennedy and Moray Hunter

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0204All Change20150727

It's January in Hilary Lyon's Secrets and Lattes - and time to beat the post-festive blues.

Hilary Maclean and Hilary Lyon star as sisters Trisha and Clare who run Cafe Culture in Edinburgh's leafy Bruntsfield. Trisha is on a single-minded start-of-the-year health kick while trying to get over yet another breakup with her long-distance lover Richard (Roger May), and Clare is desperate for a business project to get over her crush on sexually-ambivalent chef Callum (Derek Riddell).

Trisha and Clare find they have distinctly different ideas about hosting a Burns Supper, trainee chef and recovering kleptomaniac Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) makes a new friend, and everybody parties in true Rabbie Burns' spirit until an unexpected guest makes for a dramatic turn of events.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Gordon Kennedy and Moray Hunter

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0205Home And Away20150803

It's Spring in Edinburgh in Hilary Lyon's Secrets and Lattes, and new beginnings are on the horizon for the staff of Cafe Culture.

Trisha (Hilary Maclean) is now engaged to her long-distance lover Richard (Roger May) and her big sister Clare (Hilary Lyon) is gradually working her way through her divorce. Laid-back Glaswegian chef, Callum, (Derek Riddell) is struggling to let the reins go as his autistic son Max (Scott Hoatson) turns 18 while Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) is enjoying helping the officially-adult Max spread his wings.

Nobody quite seems to know where home is at the moment - including the stray dog that Lizzie has acquired.

Things come to a head when Max's birthday party doesn't quite go according to plan and an unwelcome encounter for Lizzie results in trauma all round.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Gordon Kennedy and Moray Hunter

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

0206The Plan's The Thing20150810

It's May in Edinburgh and life at Cafe Culture is certainly bursting with life. Trisha (Hilary Maclean) is about to marry her long-term, long-distance lover Richard (Roger May) and, despite being mid-divorce, big sister Clare (Hilary Lyon) can't resist meddling in the wedding arrangements.

Relations are strained too between supposedly recovering kleptomaniac trainee Lizzie (Pearl Appleby) and laid-back Glaswegian chef Callum (Derek Riddell) over her friendship with his autistic teenage son Max (Scott Hoatson).

There is much uncertainty over living (and sleeping) arrangements all round as everyone works out where home is exactly - and who else is in it.

Will Trisha and Richard actually make it up the (outdoor) aisle and who might still be speaking to who?

Written by Hilary Lyon

Director: Marilyn Imrie

Producers: Gordon Kennedy and Moray Hunter

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.