DANIEL Osbourne is going to find himself in Pat Phelan's crosshairs again in Coronation Street.
The journalist – who is played by actor Rob Mallard in the ITV soap – could soon be facing the killer Phelan treatment if he continues to sniff around the notorious character's devious business.
Commenting on the intensifying interaction between the pair, Mallard said: "The interaction that they have had in the past is finding Ken (Barlow) at the bottom of the stairs.
"Daniel was guilty in that scenario (of pushing Ken) and Phelan's response was to be suspicious of Daniel.
"I think they have both underestimated each other and it will be interesting to see if each of them realises how clever the other one is.
"They are both incredibly calculating and they are both social manipulators.
"Daniel is very good at recognising if a conversation is about to expose him and he knows how to push it in a different direction, and Phelan is brilliant at that as well.
"Daniel doesn't realise how much danger he actually is in with Phelan. You know when there is a fly that just won't stop?
"It's like that relationship at the minute: Phelan is the waterhog and Daniel is the little blue bottle that keeps flying around his head.
"Inevitably he is something that needs to be swatted."
Even filming with Connor McIntyre can be an intimidating experience, Mallard confessed, adding: "He doesn't blink. He is constantly locked in.
"Connor just stares you down and he has a lot of gravitas as a performer."
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