Feature film based on classic children’s book Esio Trot will be adapted by director Richard CurtisDustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench are to star in a new BBC adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book classic, Esio Trot.The 90-minute film will be adapted by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, who co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley, and directed by Little Dorrit Emmy-winner Dearbhla Walsh.”It’s absolutely stellar casting for one of the nation’s favourite children’s classics,” said Charlotte Moore, the controller of BBC1.Hollywood heavyweight Hoffman will play the role of Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor who has a secret passion for his neighbour Mrs Silver, played by Dench.Moore, who is just weeks into her new role as controller of BBC1, said that she would like to see more women on the channel, as well as more diversity in general.”I’ve been speaking with other [BBC] executives about more women,” she said, speaking at the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival. “I think more women protagonists would be great. The breadth is there but it is important we go on looking for new stories and new ways of telling stories”.She added that she is also keen to tackle the issue of diversity.”I think the BBC do …read more

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