The story of the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, told through three generations of loyal servants to the Emperor - the men of the Trotta family.
From the second half of the 19th Century when a Trotta saves the life of Franz Joseph on the battlefield, to the beginning of the 20th Century when world war and old age wipe the Trottas and their Empire from the map of Europe.
- Joseph Roth....Bill Wallis
- Emperor Franz Joseph....John Woodvine
- Joseph Trotta/Chojnicki/Postman....Brian Pettifer
- Franz Trotta....Richard Bremmer
- Carl Joseph Trotta....Elliot Levey
- Moser/Wagner....Nicky Henson
- Jacques/Dr Skvoronnek....Clive Swift
- Frau Slama/Valli von Taussig....Eleanor Tremain