A Mike Leigh double bill. In the Oscar-nominated 'Secrets and Lies' Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) is a young black Londoner who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is surprised to discover that her birth mother is in fact white single-mum Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn). After an uncomfortable first meeting, Cynthia and Hortense manage to strike up a rapport, and Cynthia invites her to the 21st birthday party of her daughter Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook). 'Life is Sweet' is set in a lower-middle class household in a London suburb. Parents Wendy (Alison Steadman) and Andy (Jim Broadbent) and their twin daughters Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks) are a modern family at odds with itself. Whilst Natalie quietly focuses on progressing into the plumbing industry, bulimic Nicola grows increasingly sullen and misanthropic.