The Last Train

The Last Train

:"This article refers to the British TV drama serial. For the Bridge game convention, see Last Train."

Infobox Television
show_name = The Last Train

caption = The superimposed title for "The Last Train" at the start of episode 2
runtime = approx. 50 minutes
format = science fiction drama
creator = Matthew Graham
director = Stuart Orme
Alex Pillai
starring = Nicola Walker
Christopher Fulford
Steve Huison
Treva Etienne
Amita Dhiri
James Hazeldine
Janet Dale
Zoe Telford
Sacha Dhawan
Dinita Gohil
Ralph Brown
Caroline Carver
country = United Kingdom
network = ITV
first_aired = 7 April 1999
last_aired = 6 May 1999
num_episodes = 6
imdb_id = 0195471
tv_com_id = 9500

"The Last Train" ("Cruel Earth" in Canada and America) is a British six-part post-apocalyptic television drama serial first aired on the ITV network in 1999. It has since been repeated on ITV2 in 1999/2001 and on numerous occasions on the UK Sci-Fi Channel. The serial was written by Matthew Graham and produced for ITV by Granada Television.

In the United States, the Fox Network purchased the rights to produce a new version of the series soon after its original UK transmission. Retitled "The Ark", the idea did not progress beyond pilot stage.

Plot synopsis

Following a random group of individuals heading to Sheffield, it followed the survival of a mixed group of passengers on a train who were accidentally cryogenically frozen. Waking up decades later, the passengers find that they are some of the last remaining humans to survive an apocalyptic meteor strike, and are alone in the British countryside. Scientist Harriet Ambrose (Nicola Walker) was making her way to a top-secret government project known as "Ark", supposedly a project to save humanity. The journey that follows revolves mainly around Harriet's obsession to reach the Ark and her boyfriend Jonathan Geddes (Ralph Brown) despite not being aware how many years have passed.

Upon being unfrozen, Harriet and her fellow passengers explore a post-apocalyptic Sheffield apparently deserted excepting a pack of rabid dogs. Thawed thief Mick Sizer (Treva Etienne) then leads the other passengers to his lock-up garage and the group sets off in his Mercedes Sprinter van in search of the Ark and hopefully more survivors.

Cast and Crew

Main characters

upporting Cast

Ordered alphabetically
*Guard (Roger Bingham) - Episode 1
*Johnathan Geddes (Ralph Brown), the man whom Harriet is seeking at "Ark". They had a romantic relationship, the only time we see him is in a video recording up until the last episode. - Episodes 2 and 6
*Karen (Joy Carradice) - Episode 6
*Mark (Kenneth Colley), father of Gillian and founder of Mareby, he wants the group to stay with him and sabotages the van. - Episode 5
*Darren (Chris Cook)
*Archie (Robert Dunn) - Episode 1
*Danny (Justin Ellery) - Episode 1
*Gillian (Deborah Findlay), daughter of Mark, she's had several still-born babies. - Episode 5
*Sam (John Flitcroft) - Episode 1
*Becky (Abigail Hayes) - Episode 1
*Teenager (Chris Hoyle) - Episode 1
*Miss. Eversleigh (Mary Jones)
*Coats (Josh Moran) - Episode 1
*Behemoth (David Nicholls) - Episode 6 (not credited in episode 5)
*Hornrim (Phil Smeeton) - Episode 6 (not credited in episode 5)
*Midwife (Flo Wilson) - Episode 4



"The Last Train" is often likened to several other British television series, most notably "Survivors", "The Changes" and "Threads", although this is largely due to the fact that they all revolve around post-apocalyptic Britain, rather than any deeper thematic similarities. Also of similar note is "The Death Of Grass" - filmed as "No Blade of Grass" - by British-born writer John Christopher.


The series' working title was "Cruel Earth", under which it aired in Canada and America. Although the railway station shown in the programme that is said to be Sheffield railway station is in fact the derelict Manchester Mayfield railway station in Manchester. The camp featured in episode 4 is an old Pontin's holiday camp in Rhyl, North Wales (Tower Beach Holiday Camp), while the village "Mareby" in episode 5 is Wardle, a small village in Greater Manchester near to Littleborough and Rochdale. The series was written by Matthew Graham, who went on to co-create and write "Life on Mars", its spin-off "Ashes to Ashes", and also wrote the episode "Fear Her" for the 2006 series of "Doctor Who".

External links

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