‘Emmerdale’ awaits for ‘Take Me Out’ star David

THE DATING GAME -- David Jeffery with the host of the show, Paddy McGuinness
THE DATING GAME -- David Jeffery with the host of the show, Paddy McGuinness

A HUCKNALL man who appeared on ITV match-making show ‘Take Me Out’ could be in line for a regular role on TV — as a villager in ‘Emmerdale’.

Viewers saw David Jeffery (27) land a date with support worker Donna Wheeler (19) two Saturdays ago on the programme hosted by comedian Paddy McGuinness.

But those who tuned in last Saturday would have seen that the pair didn’t quite spark when they took a trip to the Island of Fernando’s (aka Tenerife).

However David is still smiling after ‘The Sun’ newspaper reported that bosses of ITV1’s Yorkshire-based soap have offered him a job as a local who regularly pops up in the village.

Speaking to the Dispatch this week, motorbike enthusiast David said that nothing had been confirmed about him featuring on ‘Emmerdale’.

“I’m one of the last to hear anything about it,” he said. “I spoke to those at ‘Take Me Out’ and said I would be interested in some TV work but that’s all.

“I then found out ‘The Sun’ had reported I’d been offered a job. Paddy McGuinness also mentioned it when he was on ‘This Morning’ earlier this week.

“It would be fantastic if I could get on the show. If it happens, that’s great, if it doesn’t, I’ll just get on with my day job.”

David, who grew up in Top Valley and has lived in Hucknall for eight years, actually did the filming for ‘Take Me Out’ last November.

He had an inkling the response would be explosive when the programme aired but he wasn’t quite prepared for the aftermath.

When he went to Tesco in Hucknall last weekend, he says “400 people must have stopped me to ask about the programme”.

He added: “Talk about a whirlwind! It has been a tornado since the show aired!

“I have had some tough first dates but the one with Donna has to be among the top three most difficult. Being on the show was a crazy experience. I got on really well with the guys who appeared with me and I still see them regularly.”

David says countless women have contacted him on Facebook, including a topless model. He added that “some of the things they’ve said have been obscene!”

But there is sad news for those hoping to land a date with David. He has been seeing a girl from Bestwood Village for more than three months.

OUR PHOTO shows David with the host of ‘Take Me Out’, Paddy McGuinness