Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman in first ‘Esio Trot’ pics

The BBC has released two new promotional images for BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, Esio Trot.

Adapted by The Vicar Of Dibley writers Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, the 90-minute film stars Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall) and Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man).

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Producer Hilary Bevan Jones commented: “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 and I am thrilled that Dearbhla is to direct it.”

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The official synopsis reads: “Mr Hoppy (Hoffman) is a retired bachelor, who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour, the lovely Mrs Silver (Dench). Unfortunately she lavishes all her affection on another… Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr Hoppy yearns to talk to Mrs Silver, but tongue-tied and shy, his attempts always end in disaster. Mrs Silver’s greatest wish is for her tortoise Alfie to grow a little bigger. All seems lost for Mr Hoppy until he has the brightest, most devious of ideas. Will Mr Hoppy’s wildly ingenious plot win the love of his lady?”

Esio Trot is expected to air on BBC One this Christmas.

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