Roald Dahl's Esio Trot. Image shows from L to R: Mr Hoppy (Dustin Hoffman), Mrs Silver (Judi Dench). Copyright: Endor Productions.

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot

BBC One comedy drama. 1 episode in 2015. Stars Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, James Corden, Richard Cordery, Pixie Davies, Joseph West, Jimmy Akingbola and others.

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Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench acted together, and wonderfully, in Esio Trot, an essentially children's book brought to the screen. Roald Dahl's tale of late-blooming love, revolving around a tortoise (spell it backwards), with its incremental-growth trick giving me goosepimples for the sublime The Twits, was undermined by the inclusion of actor James Corden and writer Richard Curtis, but not much: Dahl's intention survived, just. He was a wonderfully dark man.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 4th January 2015

Esio Trot makes for a twee, syrupy adaptation

In the hands of Richard Curtis, this was gentler viewing than Balamory.

Grace Dent, The Independent, 2nd January 2015

James Corden panned on Twitter for 'awful' narration

James Corden has been criticised for his narration of Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, with hundreds of viewers branding him "awful" on social media.

Jess Denham, The Independent, 2nd January 2015

Esio Trot review

This adaptation of Roald Dahl's book about a love affair, starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman and 100 tortoises, is a thing of wonder.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 2nd January 2015

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot review

Much criticism has been levelled at Peter Jackson over his decision to turn The Hobbit into three movies, with the final film running at around two minutes per page of the book. However, the book on which the 90-minute Esio Trot is based contains just 45 pages of text - only one of which doesn't contain any of Quentin Blake's marvellous illustrations. Consequently, it would probably be fairer to call the film Richard Curtis's Esio Trot, such is the amount of material that's been added for this adaptation.

Pete Dillon-Trenchard, Den Of Geek, 1st January 2015

Esio Trot review

Esio Trot could've easily been a kid's only festive film but I feel that Curtis' adaptation has made the story a lot more universal.

The Custard TV, 1st January 2015

Esio Trot: Dustin Hoffman & Judi Dench shine

Although Esio Trot is ultimately quite a lightweight story, I feel that Richard Curtis and co-writer Paul Mayhew-Archer make it work due to some great characterisation and extra narrative touches.

Matt D., Unreality TV, 1st January 2015

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot: 'a magical start to 2015'

The last time tortoises had a starring TV role was on the opening credits of One Foot In The Grave. Tonight, though, they were central to another tale of retiree romance. Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (BBC One) was a warm, witty and whimsical adaptation of the author's 1990 novel which would have melted even Victor Meldrew's heart. Do believe it.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 1st January 2015

Esio Trot, BBC1, TV review: A gloopy Dahl for grown-ups

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot was an adaptation of his tortoise tale that never quite emerged from its shell.

Ellen E. Jones, The Independent, 1st January 2015

Dame Judi Dench interview

She is our greatest actress. So why, at 80, is she so scared of slowing down?

Barry Norman, Radio Times, 1st January 2015