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  • The Complete BBC Radio Series 1-4
  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Lynne Truss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Life at Absolute Zero

By: Lynne Truss
Narrated by: Lynne Truss
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Summary

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

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
Pavlovian
The Shortest Way Home
Houseroom
The Limit
Accept No Substitute
Mrs Manville Disposes
In Cold(ish) Blood
Darren Springs Forward
In the Dark

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

Series 4
Taking It In
Celebration
Braking Distance

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

Critic reviews

"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)

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Absolute perfection

This is a real gem - superbly observed, humour and pathos perfectly balanced (with a hint of sharp satire thrown in). Lynne’s narration is outstanding - every line is pitch perfect, every character brought to life. Having listened to a number of audiobooks narrated by well known actors I can honestly say I haven’t found one yet with narration as good.

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Highly recommended series of gentle tales

Absolutely loved this, very sweetly interwoven stories and tales that show how small communities are interwoven with the characters that create said communities.
Very well narrated by the author - loved it,

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