Government employee Harriet Ambrose is one of the passengers on a train from London to Sheffield but,unlike her fellow travellers,she is aware that a disaster is about to happen. It is a ... See full summary »





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Ambrose
Roe Germaine
Colin Wallis
Amita Dhiri ...
Jandra Nixon
Dinita Gohil ...
Anita Nixon
Mick Sizer
Janet Dale ...
Jean Wilson
James Hazeldine ...
Roger Bingham ...
Josh Moran ...
Chris Hoyle ...
Abigail Hayes ...
John Flitcroft ...


Government employee Harriet Ambrose is one of the passengers on a train from London to Sheffield but,unlike her fellow travellers,she is aware that a disaster is about to happen. It is a huge meteor that falls on Birmingham,destroying life for many miles around but,as the train crashes,Harriet discharges a gas canister. A long while later the passengers awake from a state of suspended animation to find the surrounding countryside wholly wasted. Harriet is anxious to locate a colleague,Jonathan Geddes,whom she believes can help and she persuades the others to help her find him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Sci-Fi



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7 April 1999 (UK)  »

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The train in the first episode consists of Mark 2 coaches, and various electric locomotives, (including a Class 86 in one shot, which is very different from the Class 90 in that it doesn't have a pointed aerodynamic front; but the Class 90 is used in the majority of shots). Electric trains do not run on the Midland Mainline from London to Sheffield because the line is not electrified, it is operated by Diesel trains, usually an Intercity 125 (sometimes referred to as the HST) which ironically were faster than the Electric train which features in "The Last Train". This switch is supposedly owing to much of the filming taking place on locations around Manchester on the West Coast Mainline. See more »

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Decent start to a post apocalyptic drama
9 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This post-apocalyptic thriller begins shortly before a massive asteroid smashes into Zambia; we don't see anything of what is happening there but instead see various people boarding a train at London St Pancras to go the Sheffield, one of them, Harriet Ambrose is clearly distressed that she might not get to Sheffield in time; at this point we don't know why she must not be late. We learn when the train is in a tunnel just short of its destination; there is a massive earthquake that derails the train causing Harriet to drop a canister she had hidden in her bag. When the canister opens what appears to be a gas leaks out and everybody is frozen solid. They awake some time later when the tunnel starts to collapse, once out of the tunnel it is clear that something catastrophic has happened and that a considerable time has passed. Nobody believes Harriet's explanation at first but as they explore the city it becomes clear that nobody else is there; in fact the only sign of animal life appears to be the packs of dogs roaming around. These dogs show just how dangerous they are when they kill three of the group. With nobody alive in the city Harriet is determined to join her colleagues at a government facility known as Arc although the rest of the group are somewhat divided about what they should do.

This was a decent opening episode which swiftly explained just what had happened and made a start to introducing the characters including Harriet the MOD scientist played by Nicola Walker, a police sergeant played by Christopher Fulford, a thief played by Treva Etienne and widower Austin Danforth played by James Hazeldine. The cast did a good enough job with their roles even if some of the dialogue was a little cliché. Nowadays we would inevitably have been shown the impact in all its CGI glory but the makers wisely took the decision not to show it; if they had I'm sure the effect would have looked very dated now; instead we were just shown a more believable train crash.

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