ROALD DAHL’S ESIO TROT captured and warmed the hearts of 7.8 million viewers with its New Year’s Day broadcast on BBC One. Recording a share of 27%, the adaptation of the classic tale topped the slot in the UK, beating ITV and Channel 4’s combined share.
The press quickly fell in love with it too, with The Guardian claiming “everything about the film is beautiful”.
“Just watch it. Once a week for the rest of your life” – The Guardian
“A magical start to the TV year” – Telegraph
“Undeniably inviting” – The Times
Mr Hoppy (Dustin Hoffman) lives a quiet retiree’s life, tending to his balcony garden, pottering to the shops and back, and secretly being passionately, hopelessly in love with his downstairs neighbour, Mrs. Silver (Judi Dench). When he finds she is distraught that her beloved tortoise Alfie does not appear to be growing, Mr Hoppy spots a chance to make his true love happy, and maybe even get closer to her in the process.
When Mr Pringle (Richard Cordery), another neighbour, sets his more lascivious sights on Mrs Silver, Mr Hoppy’s world begins to crumble. Stoically he continues with his cunning plan to make Alfie miraculously grow but will he ever win his way into Mrs Silver’s heart?
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