WriterRichard Curtis, Paul Mayhew-Archer Release date1 January 2015 Based onEsio Trot
by Roald Dahl CastJames Corden (Narrator), Dustin Hoffman (Mr. Hoppy), Judi Dench (Mrs. Silver), Lara Rossi (Puppy Boy Mother), Jimmy Akingbola (Keen Petshop Keeper), Katie Lyons (Philip's Mother) Similar moviesRoald Dahl wrote the story for Roald Dahls Esio Trot and wrote the screenplay for You Only Live Twice
TaglineA retired bachelor has a thing for his neighbor who only shows affection to her pet tortoise.
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Roald Dahl's Esio Trot is a British comedy television film that was first broadcast as part of BBC One's 2014 Christmas programming. It is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel Esio Trot in which a retired bachelor falls in love with his neighbour, a widow, who keeps a tortoise as a companion after the death of her husband.
It was broadcast on 1 January 2015. It was seen by 7.86 million viewers, making it the seventh-most watched programme on BBC1 and on all UK TV channels for the week ending 4 January 2015. It was repeated on BBC1 on 31 December 2015 and on BBC2 on 30th December 2016.
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Judi Dench as Mrs Lavinia Silver
Dustin Hoffman as Mr Henry Hoppy
James Corden as The Narrator
Richard Cordery as Mr Pringle
Pixie Davies as Roberta
Geoffrey McGivern as the Pet Shop Owner
Jimmy Akingbola as the keen Pet Shop Owner
Lisa Hammond as Mrs Desmond
Anna Cannings as Mrs Court
Joseph West as Philip
Katie Lyons as Philip's Mother
Polly Kemp as the woman on Bus
Pik-Sen Lim as Mrs Wu
Salo Gardner as Mr Mavrokoukoudopolous
Emily Ralph as the little Girl
The musical score is by composer Tim Phillips. All the commercial music used in the show is that of New Orleans jazz legend, Mr. Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars; which include Edmond Hall, Trummy Young, Billy Kyle, Arvell Shaw & Barrett Deems.
Differences from Dahl's novel
Mr Pringle (Hoppy's rival for the affections of Mrs Silver) does not appear in the novel.
In the novel, Mr Hoppy's ruse of switching tortoises to fool Mrs Silver into thinking that hers is growing is successful and she never discovers the truth. In the movie, she discovers Mr Hoppy's plan but eventually marries him anyway.
Charlotte Moore announced the television film at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on 22 August 2013. It was produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and directed by Dearbhla Walsh. Bevan Jones said: "To bring together two of the world’s favourite actors in Dame Judi and Dustin is a dream come true. Richard and Paul have captured the magic of Roald Dahl’s wonderful tale and I am thrilled that Dearbhla is to direct it." It was adapted by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, and filming took place in May 2014 in London. The apartment block featured in the film is Adelaide Wharf in Haggerston.