Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Couple's Winter Escape to Feature on UK Television

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Couple's Winter Escape to Feature on UK Television

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STUART

CUMMING

stuart.cumming@scnews.com.au

THE cold, dark winters of England have lured a Coast couple into featuring on a UK television show.

Alan and Gwenda Tudman's journey started in 2016 in a Cotton Tree cafe.

"One hot, sticky February morning I was bemoaning the heat and humidity to a lady sitting near me with whom I'd struck up a conversation," Mrs Tudman said.

She was surprised to learn the woman and her husband lived in England and were on their annual Cotton Tree escape during one of the UK's coldest months.

"She very kindly offered us the use of their house in the charming village of Woolpit, Suffolk, to escape the summer heat while they were in Australia next year if we were interested," Mrs Tudman said.

Mr and Mrs Tudman, 71 and 70, took them up on their offer early last year.

She applied to be on Escape to the Country, a show aired in the UK and Australia which finds possible new properties for people wanting a change in lifestyle. The show was a favourite of hers and applying was an idea she had toyed with previously.

"I figured we were going to be in the UK for two months anyway so let's give it a shot... a long shot," she said.

They didn't hear anything back from the production company for a fair while so thought they must have been overlooked.

"We were totally blown away when, a week prior to our departure we received an email from the Escape to the Country researcher to arrange a suitable time to take a phone call from the UK," Mrs Tudman said.

"They were curious to know about us and why we would be wanting to leave our own wonderful country to escape to the English country."

The Tudmans met a production crew after arriving in England and shot their introductory interview at their friends' Woolpit home. Filming continued at a few other locations in the picturesque village including the local pub The Swan.

The footage was then taken back to producers to see if they wanted the couple to feature on the show.

Again there was a long wait, during which time the Tudmans continued their holiday.

Confirmation of their success only came from the production company a week before they were due to fly back to Australia. …

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