Hoffman and Dench take the lead roles in “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which is one of more than 60 new programs in Red Arrow’s catalog in Cannes. It tells the story of Mr. Hoppy, a retired bachelor with a secret desire for his neighbor, the lovely Mrs. Silver. Show is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, scripted by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and helmed by Dearbhla Walsh (“The Tudors”).
Another hot item is BBC thriller “The Escape Artist,” which stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”). It centers on a defense lawyer who specializes in getting people out of tight legal corners; when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, his brilliance comes back to bite him.
Fiction highlights also include the second season of mobster series “Lilyhammer,” featuring Steven Van Zandt (“The Sopranos”), and introducing British actors Alan Ford (“Snatch”), Paul Kaye (“Game of Thrones”), Amy Beth Hayes (“Doctor Who”), Tony Pitts (“Sherlock”) and Amit Shah (“The Infidel”).
Also gunning for buyers will be Scandi crime skein “Johan Falk,” which stars Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”).
Another strong crime series is “Harry Bosch,” which has showrunner Eric Overmyer (“The Wire,” “Treme”) attached, and is produced by Fabrik Entertainment (“Burn Notice,” “The Killing”). It is based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling franchise, which has sold 55 million books worldwide.
Among reality skeins, ABC’s cooking competition show “The Taste,” starring Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain, is a standout. It returns for the second season.
Other reality star performers are Australian hit “House Rules,” which brings a new twist to the makeover genre, and social experiment show “Married at First Sight,” which is breaking records in Denmark.
Other reality shows include “Mata Mata,” which is a portrait of rising soccer talent, and arrives just in time for the FIFA Soccer World Cup next year.