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Roald Dahl's Esio Trot

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Roald Dahl's Esio Trot

Saturday 1 December 8.30pm Channel 039

Lonely, ageing bachelor Mr Hoppy lives in a London flat and has two loves in his life - his balcony garden and Mrs Silver, the widow in the flat below. Sadly Mrs Silver is too fond of her tortoise Alfie to respond. Noting that Mrs Silver is perturbed that Alfie never seems to grow, Mr Hoppy hatches a plan to win her affection.. This involves buying dozens of tortoises of increasing sizes to gradually substitute for Alfie, leading Mrs Silver to believe that a Bedouin chant - Esio Trot - is making her pet grow. However he is caught out when one of the tortoises escapes. To make matters works, another, brash resident is vying for Mrs Silver's affections!  Based on the much loved novel by Roald Dahl. Starring Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman & James Corden.