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

The Gravy Train Goes East

Channel 4 sitcom / comedy drama about European politics. 4 episodes (1 series) in 1991. Stars Christoph Waltz, Ian Richardson, Jacques Sereys, Anita Zagaria and others.

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

The Gravy Train Goes East

Satire surrounding a former soviet state's attempts to come in from the cold

Genres
Sitcom, Comedy Drama
Broadcast
1991
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
4   (1 series)
Starring
Christoph Waltz, Ian Richardson, Jacques Sereys, Anita Zagaria, Jeremy Child, John Dicks, Henry Goodman, Janek Lesniak and others
Writer
Malcolm Bradbury
Director
James Cellan Jones
Producers
Philip Hinchcliffe and Ian Warren

Post-glasnost jewel of the Eastern European crown, the Balkan state of Slaka is a tasty treat on The Gravy Train. Newly-liberated after years of Communist control, the little nation wants to embrace the European Community and share its bountiful fruits of capitalism and the free market.

Animosity between the East and West is now a thing of the past, so why is Slaka's entry into the E.C. so hotly-contested - enthusiastically encouraged by the Deputy President of the E.C. and violently opposed by the British Government?

The Balkan state's economic and political disarray makes E.C. entry unlikely, but perhaps only one man can perform the required economic miracle in Slaka - the naÏve, bungling European dogsbody Hans Dorfmann.

Confounded and manipulated by all parties, he finds himself out in the cold and expelled from Slaka - but doggedly in pursuit of the state's missing fortune!

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 28th October 1991 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 18th November 1991 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Length of episodes
65 minutes

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