Lynne Truss

Life at Absolute Zero
  • Life at Absolute Zero

  • 26 short stories about the eccentric inhabitants of Meridian Cliffs, a small, wind-battered town on England's South Coast

    'Very few writers read their own work well on the radio, but Truss is an exception. Her voice and timing suit the material perfectly' The Lady

    Welcome to Meridian Cliffs. Located at exactly 0 degrees 0 minutes west, and 0 degrees 0 minutes east, it's where the Greenwich Meridian meets the Channel, and time stands poised at absolute zero. But due to ever-increasing coastal erosion, it's getting smaller every day...

    The residents of this curious town are easy to identify from their habit of shouting to be heard against the wind even when they're indoors. There's Sarah Birkett, granddaughter of the town's founder, who longs for a small improvement to her life, retired driving instructor Terry and his rescue dog Thelonius (the team mascot of Meridian Cliffs FC); carpet supremo Hugh Velvey, whose business and life are destroyed by arson and murder, and Ravi, whose curry house is the scene of a dramatic confession - and some unsettling news.

    All are harbouring secrets, desires and dreams, and over the course of four series, we hear about their thwarted ambitions, hidden passions and forlorn hopes - and eavesdrop on a few typically sticky British moments. Beautifully observed, gently comic and often moving, these sublime short stories are written and read by Lynne Truss.

    Production credits
    Written and read by Lynne Truss
    Directed by Kate McAll
    A Pier production for BBC Radio 4
    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, May 2016-April 2019

    Series 1
    There's No Need to Shout
    Free Parking
    Gimme Shelter

    Series 2
    In Your Dreams
    The Shortest Way Home
    The Limit
    Accept No Substitute
    Mrs Manville Disposes
    In Cold(ish) Blood
    Darren Springs Forward
    In the Dark

    Series 3
    You Never Said
    The West Wing
    Tristan da Cunha
    Waiting for JB
    Protective Colouring
    Speed Kills
    A Weight off His Mind
    The Day the Earth Moved Slightly

    Series 4
    Taking It In
    Braking Distance

    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    (p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Bestselling author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and Talk to the Hand, Lynne Truss is a journalist, arts and book reviewer, sports columnist and a regular broadcaster for BBC's Radio 4. She's had two plays performed at the Edinburgh Festival, including 'Hell's Bells' in 2012. Her latest book is Get Her Off The Pitch: How Sports Took Over My Life. Nine Lives is her fourth novel, and the first in over ten years.

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