Das Erste captures Esio Trot

Forthcoming TV movie Esio Trot has found a home in Germany.

Public broadcaster ARD Degeto/Das Erste has acquired the single film from distributor Red Arrow International ahead of its debut on BBC One.

The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel sees Dustin Hoffman star as Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour, Mrs Silver, played by Judi Dench.

It is written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones of Endor Productions. The director is Dearbhla Walsh.

Production is due to begin next month.