Villainous Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) is to turn the tables on the Windass family in next week’s episodes.
After surviving an attack by a riled Gary (Mikey North), Phelan will show both him and Owen CCTV footage of the assault. The two builders are soon left having to comply with Phelan’s blackmail demands: either they finish the mill project for a basic wage or Phelan will go to the police.
So, how does Owen feel at having to work like a slave, knowing that he wouldn’t be in this position were it not for Gary’s rash actions? Actor Ian Puleston-Davies tells us more:
So, is Owen annoyed that Anna never told him about Phelan’s advances?
He’s feeling very emasculated at the moment. He feels he’s let Anna down, even though he wasn’t at all instrumental in what happened. In his mind he wasn’t there to protect her. He’s a very proud man. Owen is an old-school type and I have great fun exploring that type of old-fashioned family man.
What’s his reaction when Gary tells him about hitting Phelan?
He has a good relationship with Gary. He sees him as a mate but also as his stepson. He knows that Gary can be a loose cannon and that he’s made a fundamental mistake. Gary’s a typical youth who will act now and think later but I think the ramifications are very clear to Owen. He’s justifiably appalled and genuinely worried about the outcome.
So what Owen suggest that they do?
Owen shows extraordinary patience and calmness. One of the reasons Owen likes Gary is because he sees himself in him. He was a hotwire when he was Gary’s age and he identifies with him greatly, but Owen has grown up in the last few years and he’s now showing a responsibility that he’s never shown before. He realises he has to be responsible for Gary’s temper, so maybe he’s tempering his own temper to be protective of Gary.
What’s Owen’s reaction when he and Gary discover that Phelan has disappeared?
Initially, Owen tries to reassure Gary that everything will be all right but he’s very concerned about Phelan’s whereabouts. Phelan is a very dangerous and devious man and Owen knows he’s going to be looking over his shoulder all of the time.