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Come Dine With Me

Come Dine With Me opening titles

Daphne Neville and Rudi the Otter appeared in five episodes of ‘Come Dine With Me’, broadcast at 5.00pm on Chanel 4 from Monday 20th until Friday 24th August 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.

Come Dine With Me Group Standing

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.

Come Dine With Me - lady leaving

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!

Come Dine With Me score.jpg

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

Come Dine With Me week 2

‘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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Daphne’s hand-reared otter Rudi has become quite a TV star

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 Neville with Rudi the Otter in The Durrells

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2015 prooved a Busy Year

Daphne at 30th Frampton County Fair, Stroud News, Wed 16 Septem.jpg

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 Show

Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show. Pic: Daphne Neville with Rudi the Otter

 

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An Otter Garden Party

Bee the Otter by Sophie Neville

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.

Otter swimming underwater by Sophie Neville

 

 

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Otters in the Sunday Telegraph

Otters in the Sunday Telegraph

Martin and Daphne Neville profiled in the Sunday Telegraph 21st July 2013

Please click on the cutting to see some of the original photographs

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October 18, 2013 · 6:27 pm