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

The Gravy Train

  • TV sitcom / comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 1990
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

Satire about the widespread fraud and corruption within the European Economic Community. Stars Christoph Waltz, Ian Richardson, Almanta Suska, Alexei Sayle, Jacques Sereys and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 3

Hans's journey to Bulgaria with the shipment of plums become increasingly strange. Being discovered half-way by Christa, she leads him in breaking into the trucks to see what their real cargo is. Once inside the Soviet bloc, Hans finds a government official keen to part millions of dollars - but his unwitting adventure has barely begun.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 11th July 1990
Channel 4
60 minutes

Cast & crew

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
Guest cast
Andre Maranne Maitre D'
Jim Carter Personip
Phillip Joseph (as Philip Joseph) Alexei
Stephen Greif Rudolph
Georg Marin Frontier Guard
Maggie McCarthy Customs Lady
Elaine Turrell Dumpy Lady
Howard Goorney Bulgarian Waiter
Jeni Barnett Bulgarian Singer
Hilary Sesta Floor Maid
Jelena Budimir Telephonist
Tom Hunsinger Haggerty
Franziska Grinzinger Checkout Girl
Writing team
Malcolm Bradbury Writer
Production team
David Tucker Director
Ian Warren Producer
Philip Hinchcliffe Producer
Tom Donald Executive Producer
Victor Glynn Executive Producer
Andrew Warren Associate Producer
Robin Sales Editor
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Di Carling Casting Director
Risa Kes Casting Director
Jacqueline Laloux Casting Director
Ken Westbury Director of Photography
Emma Porteous Costume Designer
John Keane Composer
Peter Bennett 1st Assistant Director

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