Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench have joined the cast of BBC One's upcoming telemovie adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1990 novella "Esio Trot".
Hoffman play Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor who harbors a secret passion for his neighbor, Mrs Silver (Judi Dench). Sdly, she lavishes all her affection on Alfie… her pet tortoise.
Dearbhla Walsh ("Little Dorrit") directs from a script by "The Vicar of Dibley" show runners Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer.
Hilary Bevan Jones will produce and filming begins next spring in London.