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Meet Daphne Neville and Rudi the Otter in Gloucestershire this summer

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Daphne Neville will be with Rudi the Otter, answering questions on conservation in the Cotswolds this summer

You are welcome to come along on

The Rodmarton Fete on Saturday 15th June at 2.45pm  

or

The Cherington Show on Sunday 21st July at 1.30pm

These are both traditional village events with refreshments laid on with lots to do and see.

Photo used in the Daily Mail 02/04/19.
COPYRIGHT John Lawrence 07850 429934

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A talk on Otters at Nature in Art

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Daphne Neville and her otter Rudi have been busy meeting visitors to the Cotswolds. Nature in Art is a fabulous gallery celebrating wildlife art in any number of different guises. It can be found in Twigworth on the Tewkesbury road out of Gloucester. More info here
Animals from The Durrells

Picture: COPYRIGHT John Lawrence 07850 429934

Daphne has been a film and TV actress since 1969. Since the early 1980s she has combined her career with conservation work with otters. This occasion prooved a wonderful chance to actually meet an otter and find out about the thirteen different species of otter from one of their most enthusiastic champions.

Nature in Art is 2 miles north of Gloucester on A38 SatNav Postcode: GL2 9PG

To see what else is on a Nature in Art, please click here

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An interview with Daphne Neville

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Daphne was interviewed recently about her home in the Cotswolds, which has often been used as a film location. After a number of television advertisements and drama serials such as Dark Secret and House of Elliot used the house, Daphne appeared in Cold Caller, an award-winning short film that made good use of the lake. You can read more about it here. 

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Rudi-the-Otter who lives in an enclosure above the converted mill, appeared in the movie Scottish Mussel. He played both himself and his mate in series two of The Durrells and featured in BBCTV’s Natural World Series where he was used to show how otters can smell underwater in the documentary entitled ‘Super-charged Otters’. You can see more photos of filming with the tame otters here.

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Daphne is campaigning for ‘Animal alert’ whistles to be fitted onto vehicles. They prevent pets and wild animals from being run over. They can be obtained cheaply from Amazon.co here

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Come Dine With Me

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Daphne Neville and Rudi the Otter appeared in five episodes of ‘Come Dine With Me’, broadcast at 5.00pm on Chanel 4 in 2018.

It wasn’t long before #comedinewithme was trending on Twitter:

Daphne is what is great about Britain..cute polite nice classy positive welcoming….list is endless,nice crowd now on here’

‘Daphne is lovely

‘I’m watching how cute is that old lady Daphne!! Ahhh’

‘Yes and we love Daphne too!!

I could not love Daphne anymore than if she was my own Nan!’❤️

‘Aww I do love Daphne!!

‘We are only tuning in to watch daphne

‘Aww isn’t Daphne just the best!!

‘Daphne the perfect dinner guest

I totally want to adopt Daphne!!

Oh I LOVE Daphne, I’d score her night a 10 even if the food was crap!

Daphne opened Episode 5, being ‘first off’ on Monday 20th August, opening a can of tomatoes.

Come Dine With Me in the kitchen

Daphne was interviewed in her kitchen and we met the guests as they came downstairs.

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Every detail had been carefully planned. The wine was chilled, the table looked lovely and there was almost constant laughter. Viewers seemed to be engaged: ‘Go daphne!!

Come Dine With Me with Daphne Neville

Daphne prepared tomato and mushroom soup for her four guests, followed by wild salmon, only to find out that two of the guests disliked fish, which was a bit of a pity.

Viewers on Twitter were apaulled: ‘So James wouldn’t eat Daphne’s main cause he doesn’t like fish but his starter is lobster?

Come Dine With Me at Daphne Neville's house

One of the guests, who was a stickler for good manners, became irritated by another member of the party and walked out before pudding, which was quite dramatic.

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It rather blew her own words out of the water although she did later write to Daphne to apologise. There was a roar from viewers on Twitter:  ‘OMG how rude is Anne?! Lecturing the others on manners and then walking out on Daphne?! Bitch!’

Come Dine With Me - Daphne Neville

Suddenly there was one less. Her fans on Twitter were in uproar:

Poor Daphne, completely bemused!!

Daphne kept going and the evening became increasingly enjoyable, especially when Rudi the Otter was brought down to meet everyone.

Come Dine With Me featturing Rudi the Otter

In the end, Daphne was awarded 28 points by her four dinner guests

The Twitter-atary added their opinion:

‘Everyone needs to protect and look after Daphne, that woman is a legend!!

‘If Daphne doesn’t win I’m going to kill someone

‘Daphne is our winner

Can we have Daphne on every week please!

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You can watch this week’s episode on Channel 4 catch-up here

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‘Absolutely love on . . . What a legend! I want to meet her and her otter 🙏🏻

You can! Daphne and Rudi the Otter will be appearing at the Frampton Country Fair in South Gloucestershire on 9th September 2018. All welcome!

Daphne and Rudi on TV

Stories about Daphne and her tame otters can be found in ‘Funnily Enough’ a memoir by Sophie Neville available online and to order at your local library.

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‘Cold Caller’ by Lucky Feather Productions

Trailer for the award-winning short thriller ‘Cold Caller’ starring Daphne Neville, Philip Cook and Peter Stenson

“An elderly couple encounter a mysterious ‘cold caller’. Convinced of his credentials, they invite him into their home with unexpected consequences.”

You can visit Lucky Feather Productions on Youtube.

www.luckyfeatherproductions.co.uk/short-films/

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Cold Caller

Having recently appeared in Broadchurch, playing Charlotte Rampling’s ancient mother, Daphne Neville has just finished filming Cold Caller, a short film by Philip Cook, shot on location in the Cotswolds.

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It is a chilling tale shot by Matt Bigwood and produced by George Collings. Daphne plays Marjorie, an old lady who receives a call from a certain security expert who does not take his gloves off when he accepts a cup of tea.

DAphne Neville in Cold Caller 2 It has been fun following the development of this film in the press and on Facebook.

Daphne Neville in Cold Caller It is currently in post-production.

Cold Caller being shot The body is still to be found.

Cold Caller poster

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