Roald Dahl's Esio Trot
Retired bachelor Mr Hoppy is hopelessly in love with his neighbour Mrs Silver, but she is only interested in her pet tortoise, Alfie
- Comedy Drama
- BBC One
- Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, James Corden, Richard Cordery, Pixie Davies, Joseph West, Jimmy Akingbola, Pik Sen Lim and Geoffrey McGivern
- Roald Dahl, Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer
- Dearbhla Walsh
- Hilary Bevan Jones
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). From their first meeting in a cramped lift he is utterly captivated by her sparkle and warmth, but he regularly fails to tell her this during their neighbourly chats over the balcony.
When he finds she is distraught that her beloved tortoise, Alfie, doesn't 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.
As Mr Pringle (Richard Cordery), another neighbour, sets his more lascivious sights on Mrs Silver, Mr Hoppy's world crumbles. Stoically, he continues with his cunning plan to make Alfie miraculously grow and finally wins his way into Mrs Silver's heart - only to find he had been there all the while.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Thursday 1st January 2015 on BBC One at 6:30pm
- Episode length
- 90 minutes
- Last repeat
- Friday 30th December 2016 at 6:30pm on BBC2