Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
Hilary Bevan Jones
Richard Curtis, Paul Mayhew-Archer
BBC, Endor Productions
1st January 2015
It was a magical start to the TV year.The Telegraph
The film centres around the relationship between Mr Hoppy (Dustin Hoffman) and Mrs Silver (Dame Judy) and her tortoise Alfie who live in a block of flats with balconies that overlook one another. Given the vagaries of the British climate a decision was made to film most of the exteriors on set at Pinewood, with a build of a section of the flats and several hero balconies. Although an extensive translight was produced to allow shots directly out from the balconies to be done in camera, many angles meant a full CG extension of the flats and cityscape beyond was necessary.