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

The Gravy Train Goes East

  • TV sitcom / comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 1991
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

Satire surrounding a former soviet state's attempts to come in from the cold. Stars Christoph Waltz, Ian Richardson, Jacques Sereys, Anita Zagaria, Jeremy Child and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1

Following a democratic overthrow of its brutal communist dictator, the tiny Eastern European country of Slaka is keen to open up to the west. The E.C. is quick to pounce and ready it for acceding to the bloc, but the British Government has different plans. Whilst the former calls for the assistance of old hand Hans-Joachim Dorfmann, the latter sends in another equally old hand, Michael Spearpoint.

Broadcast details

Monday 28th October 1991
Channel 4
65 minutes

Cast & crew

Christoph Waltz Hans-Joachim Dorfmann
Ian Richardson Michael Spearpoint
Jacques Sereys Jean-Luc Villeneuve
Anita Zagaria Gianna Melchiori
Jeremy Child (as Jeremy Childs) Felix Steadiman
John Dicks Larson Parson
Henry Goodman Ivo Tankic
Janek Lesniak Lazlo
Roger Lloyd Pack Ferenc Plitplov
Cecile Paoli Galina Vitali
Judy Parfitt Hilda Spearpoint
James Villiers Penhurst
Francesca Annis Katya Princip
Guest cast
Gyorgy Bardi General Vulcani
Sandor Szabo Professor Rom Rom
Antal Leisen Brussels Customs Official
Ildiko Pecsi Comflug Check-in Girl
Carol Gillies Comflug Stewardess
Andras Balint Coy
Frigyes Hollosi Grigor
Zoltan Ratoti Taxi Driver
Zsuzsa Manyai Vera
Writing team
Malcolm Bradbury Writer
Production team
James Cellan Jones Director
Philip Hinchcliffe Producer
Ian Warren Producer
Victor Glynn Executive Producer
Andrew Warren Executive Producer
Dickie Bamber Associate Producer
Barry Peters Editor
Jozsef Romvary Production Designer
Chris Townsend Production Designer
Joyce Nettles Casting Director
Elemer Ragalyi Director of Photography
Emma Porteous Costume Designer
John Keane Composer
Peter Bennett 1st Assistant Director
Peter Barbalics 1st Assistant Director

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