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Alana Forest of St Richards Road in Deal featured in the Channel 4 show The Undateables

21 January 2014
by Eleanor Perkins

Former Sir Roger Manwood's student Alana Forest, 20.

Deal girl Alana Forrest, 20 made her television debut on the Channel 4 show The Undateables on Thursday.

The Undateables is a show that follows people living with challenging conditions as they attempt to find love.

The former Sir Roger Manwood’s student, who now works as a travel consultant for Holiday extras in Newingreen, was approached by two women working for Channel 4 in Dover High Street in September.

After this, Alana, of St Richard’s Road, Deal dated John Moorcroft, 21, from Sandwich, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

John’s condition means he struggles to understand how relationships work and is prone to anxiety.

He was hoping to put his condition to one side and meet his first ever girlfriend.

Filming for the show took place in October. Alana was filmed preparing for her date at her house before the duo met for dinner at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria at The Quay in Sandwich.

After their dinner, the couple walked along Deal beach and played in the arcade in Beach Street.

Alana said: “I’m not signed up with a dating agency as the show suggested.

“I met someone that worked for Channel 4 a week or so after being approached. She asked me questions about myself and took a picture, which is where the dating profile came from.”

She said: “I think John is a sweet and chatty guy. I have spoken to him a few times, but I’ve not seen him since.”

Alana featured in the second episode of the third series, broadcast at 9pm on Thursday January, 16. The episode can be viewed online at

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