Roald Dahl on screen

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1:00pm, 29th December
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This week, UK viewers can watch four Roald Dahl films: You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - for which he wrote the screenplay - and two wonderful adaptations of his stories Fantastic Mr Fox and Esio Trot

On New Year's Day, Roald Dahl's Esio Trot comes to BBC One. We take a brief look at some of his other forays into film, on the big and small screens.

In the UK this week, the TV schedules offer audiences FOUR chances to watch a film that Roald Dahl had a hand in.

Not sure which ones we mean? We think you might be surprised...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

In 1968 Roald Dahl was asked to adapt his old friend Ian Fleming's children's story for the screen. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tells the tale of two children and their eccentric, widowed father, who is an inventor in true Willy Wonka style. They meet a lady called Truly Scrumptious, owner of a motorcar called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and are transported to a city called Vulgaria. There, the sinister Child Catcher - a character that did not appear in the original story and one that Roald Dahl is said to have created - is out to imprison all the city's children.

More on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is on UK TV on Tuesday 30 December, 5.15pm, Channel 5.

Fantastic Mr Fox

In 2009, director Wes Anderson's critically acclaimed stop-motion film adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1968 story about the fantastic Mr Fox and his fight against horrible farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, was released.

The film features the voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep but there is as much Buckinghamshire as Hollywood: Mrs Fox is called Felicity - named after Roald's widow - and many scenes are based on areas in Great Missenden, the village where Roald lived and now home to the Roald Dahl Museum.

More on Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox is on UK TV on Wednesday 31 December, 4.20pm, Channel 4.

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot

This New Year's Day sees one of Roald Dahl's later stories make its television debut on BBC One. Esio Trot was published in 1990 and it is, as Quentin Blake once called it, "a love story set in two rooms." Shy Mr Hoppy is in love with his neighbour, the exuberant Mrs Silver. But she has a love of her own: a small tortoise called Alfie... 

Can Alfie help Mr Hoppy win Mrs Silver's heart? Watch the trailer here.

Roald Dahl's Esio Trot is on UK TV on Thursday 1 January 2015, 6.30pm, BBC One.

You Only Live Twice

In 1967, Roald Dahl - with input from LA television writer Harold Jack Bloom - wrote the screenplay for the fifth James Bond film, a series based, again, upon the stories of his friend Ian Fleming. It was the first of the Bond films to differ significantly from the original story - a decision that was largely Roald Dahl's.

More on You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice is on UK TV on Friday 2 January, 2.40pm, ITV.