Esio Trot

The Christmas and New Year holiday has been a gorge fest of television programmes but of all the films and ‘specials’, the one that has stood out for me is the re-run of Esio Trot.

This BBC made-for-tv film first appeared in 2014 and is one of the most charming, eccentric and heart-warming productions you could ever hope to see.

It is based on the Roald Dahl book of the same title in which shy old Mr Hoppy is madly in love with his neighbour Mrs Silver whose balcony is below his. But Mrs Silver only has eyes for her tortoise Alfie. When she confides that she wishes Alfie might grow larger, Mr Hoppy hatches a plan to make her wish come true and gentle chaos ensues.

Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench are perfect in the leading roles and James Corden holds the plot together as their younger neighbour and narrator. But then you would expect nothing less.

As far as I know the film has never been shown in cinemas but it is available on iPlayer for the next 28 days. And below is the trailer to give you a taste of its charm.

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3 comments… Add yours
  • Trevor Rowley 31st December 2016

    James Corden is the “kiss of death” for me, Mr P, so I’ll need to give this one a miss. His nauseating fawning around established celebrities makes me cringe. I can only think of him as the fat boy who so wants to be popular. At HCGS, this was the kind of kid who was made to run errands by the gangmasters in the lunchtime break.

    • Mr Parrot 1st January 2017

      Then you are cutting off your nose to spite your face Trevor – he really is very good in this 🙂

    • Mr Parrot 1st January 2017

      But not as good as Hoffman and Dench I should add.


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