Daphne has been busy filming with her tame otter Rudi starred in the BBC TV Natural World series ‘Suppercharged Otters’ with Charlie Hamilton James, who he is investigating in Mark Wheeler’s photograph above. To read more about this, please click here or go to the Otters page on this website.
Rudi also appeared in the second series of ‘The Durrells’ as both the male otter Gerald Durrell captured on Corfu, and his mate. To read more about this, please click here.
Daphne has had another busy year, giving talks on otter conservation and appearing in a number of feature films including ‘Ab Fab’ the movie, and the new ‘Bridget Jones’ as well as ‘The Crown’ for Netflix. She is currently presenting ‘The Pensioners Guide to the UK’ produced by Rumpus Media for Channel 4.
Next week Daphne is off to BBC Manchester to appear in a new quiz programme, before flying off to film in Amsterdam.
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show. Pic: Daphne Neville with Rudi the Otter
On Wednesday 12th November Daphne appeared with Rudi the Otter on Channel 4’s morning programme ‘Daily Brunch’ chatting about otter conservation with Dr Daniel Allen and the presenters Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer.
Brunch at Princess TV that day consisted of spicy tilapia salad – “an’otter version of fish”.
Rudi much enjoyed going to the TV studios at Whitley’s shopping centre in Bayswater, where the daytime TV programme is recorded.
To watch the item please click on Channel 4 catch-up. It is on after the first break.
An Otter Garden Party was held at Baker’s Mill, Frampton Mansell in Gloucestershire on Sunday 30th March from 4.00-6.00pm in aid of the IOSF ~ ‘International Otter Survival Fund’.
We are raising money to release into the wild two orphaned British otters rescued from the recent floods near Newbury and invited people to bring their friends to meet our tame otters Belinda and Rudi. Dogs on leads were very welcome, tea and cakes were served and a raffle with fabulous prizes was held by the Oak and Furrows Rescue Centre. The weather was warm and everyone enjoyed walking around the gardens by the historic lake. The River Frome, which flows down the Golden Valley from Baker’s Mill, was in full spate and many people walked home along the Thames and Severn Canal.
Sophie Neville was signing copies of her book Funnily Enough, which describes life with the tame otters at Baker’s Mill.
Thanks to everyone’s support about 150 people came along and we raised nearly £500, which was wonderful. Most people arrived on foot, which was impressive since Baker’s Mill is really in the middle of nowhere.
For information on the next Otter Open Day please email: Daffyneville@yahoo.com
If you missed the event but would like to make a donation please click here for the IOSF site.
Martin and Daphne Neville profiled in the Sunday Telegraph 21st July 2013
Please click on the cutting to see some of the original photographs