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Country of origin
United Kingdom

Running time
approx. 50 minutes


Created by
No. of episodes

Final episode date
6 May 1999

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Directed by
Stuart OrmeAlex Pillai

Nicola WalkerChristopher FulfordSteve HuisonTreva EtienneAmita DhiriJames HazeldineJanet DaleZoe TelfordSacha DhawanDinita GohilRalph BrownCaroline Carver

Drama, Miniseries, Science Fiction


The Last Train (Cruel Earth in North America) is a British six-part post-apocalyptic television drama serial first broadcast 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.


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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 the pilot stage.

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As of May 2013, the series has not been released on DVD or any other format, and has never aired in the US.

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Plot synopsis

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A random group of individuals on a train to Sheffield is cryogenically frozen when a canister of gas is released in their carriage. They unfreeze to find the world in ruins. Decades have passed; they are some of the few humans to have survived an apocalyptic asteroid strike and are alone in the British countryside. It is revealed that one of the group, Harriet Ambrose (Nicola Walker), knew of the incoming asteroid strike and had been on her way to a top-secret government project known as Ark.

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Harriet wishes to track down the Ark team to find her boyfriend, scientist Jonathan Geddes (Ralph Brown). The rest of the group agrees to join her, since it seems like their best chance to find other survivors and a safe haven. On the way they must deal with the dangers of the post-apocalyptic world, such as feral dog packs and tribes of seemingly hostile humans.

Supporting cast

Ordered alphabetically by actors' surnames

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  • Guard (Roger Bingham) – Episode 1
  • Johnathan Geddes (Ralph Brown), Ark's chief scientist and Harriet's lover, who gave her the cryogenic canister, government clearance, a security badge/swipe card, and directions to meet at his government bunker and later, at Ark. He appears as Harriet remembers him in a video in Episode 2, and in person having aged 40 years at the end of Episode 6.
  • Karen (Joy Carradice) – Episode 6
  • Mark (Kenneth Colley), Gillian's father and leader of the Mareby village group; he wants Hild and the train group to stay with him and, to that end, sabotages the van – Episode 5
  • Darren (Chris Cook)
  • Archie (Robert Dunn) – Episode 1
  • Danny (Justin Ellery) – Episode 1
  • Gillian (Deborah Findlay), Mark's daughter; 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
  • Production

    In Canada, the series aired under its working title: Cruel Earth.

    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 the short-lived Bonekickers. He also wrote the episode "Fear Her" for the 2006 series of Doctor Who, as well as two episodes of Hustle.


  • The railway depot 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 Prestatyn, North Wales (Tower Beach Holiday Camp).
  • The village "Mareby" in episode 5 is Wardle, a small village in Greater Manchester, near Littleborough and Rochdale.
  • The Ark structure featured in episode 6 was Thorpe Marsh Power Station, located five miles northeast of Doncaster; it was undergoing demolition at the time.
  • References

    The Last Train (TV series) Wikipedia