Coronation Street boss Kate Oates has opted not to send Daniel Osbourne to prison for his attack on Ken Barlow.
Upcoming scenes to be shown next week will see Ken face Daniel after realising that his own son is responsible for the attempt on his life.
But the soap’s producer feels that actor Rob Mallard is too good an actor to be consigned to soap jail:
“We didn’t want to lose such an amazing actor, so we’ve built in a way for him to stay within the family. Daniel is the one who stands the greatest chance of being forgiven by Ken because, in many ways, he’s his favourite.
“But it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the family responds once they find out the truth and how welcome he is.”
Daniel certainly won’t find it easy going once the rest of the Barlows find out what he’s done. Adam, Peter and Tracy will all be seen airing grievances, but Ken will waste little time when it comes to forcing his nearest and dearest to move on
Explains Oates: “The family is fractured, but they’re all bound together by this secret. Ken wants to lay down the law about how things are going to be from now on.
“In his mind, you’re in or you’re out. And if you’re in – you’re doing things his way. It’s going to be a fun Christmas.”
As for where Daniel will now stand in the hierarchy, actor Rob Mallard says: “All this will put him in a weaker position. He’s aware of the fact that he’s completely disempowered.
“When he came in, he worked his way up to the position of golden child, but through his own actions, he’s ended up at the bottom of the pile. He’ll have to try and redeem himself, but I don’t know whether the rest of the family will forgive him. I don’t think I would necessarily be able to.”
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.