MUSICAL theatre actor Jamie Buckley swapped the stage for the screen when he took part in TV programme First Dates Hotel.

Jamie, 31, of Bembridge, took some time off from touring with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and flew to Italy in the search for a date.

He said: "It was a year ago when it was filmed. I took three weeks off from Joseph and flew out to Naples. It was an amazing experience."

He was kept in a separate hotel the night before the date, and was only allowed out of his room at certain times, so he didn't chance upon his potential partner in advance.

Jamie has kept tight-lipped over how his date went, but it will be shown tonight, Thursday, on Channel 4.