The Gravy Train. Image shows from L to R: Michael Spearpoint (Ian Richardson), Hans-Joachim Dorfmann (Christoph Waltz), Gianna Melchiori (Anita Zagaria).

The Gravy Train

Channel 4 sitcom / comedy drama about EEC corruption. 4 episodes (1 series) in 1990. Stars Christoph Waltz, Ian Richardson, Almanta Suska, Alexei Sayle and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

Idealistic young Dorfmann's arrival in Brussels is met with a whirlwind of applause. It seems his reputation precedes him, much to his surprise. But it quickly becomes apparent that all is not quite as it seems: an attractive Italian journalist, however, takes a shine to his earnestness and promises to be his guide.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 27th June 1990
Channel 4
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Christoph Waltz Hans-Joachim Dorfmann
Ian Richardson Michael Spearpoint
Almanta Suska Nadine
Alexei Sayle Milcic
Jacques Sereys Jean-Luc Villeneuve
Anita Zagaria Gianna Melchiori
Sabine Weber Christa
Judy Parfitt Hilda Spearpoint
Geoffrey Hutchings Gustave
Ron Donachie Victor
Amanda Mealing (as Mandy Mealing) Delise
Julia Dearden Maria Theresa
Guest cast
Chris Hunter E.E.C. Guard
Marianne Borgo E.E.C. Desk Clerk
Pip Mayo 2nd Desk Clerk
Ivor Roberts Major Domo
Michael Bertenshaw Reporter
Francisco Morales Reporter
Anthony Pedley Restauranteur
Clare Clifford British Wife
Siobhan Redmond British Wife
Charlotte West-Oram British Wife
Yves Aubert Hotel Desk Clerk
Writing team
Malcolm Bradbury Writer
Production team
David Tucker Director
Ian Warren Producer
Philip Hinchcliffe Producer
Tom Donald Executive Producer
Victor Glynn Executive Producer

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