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Interview: Daniel's Proposal

Rob Mallard talks about Daniel's proposal, Flora's inheritance and Tracy's troublemaking.

How does Daniel think his relationship with Sinead is going? Has he finally got everything he wanted?

Yes! I think he still would want to have his own family in the future but given where he was a year ago he can’t believe he’s even at the point he is now. Sinead is one hundred per cent the woman from him and he’s keen to seal the deal.

Has Flora living with them added a bit of pressure on their relationship?

Yes it has because initially Flora didn’t like Sinead. She’d heard how she hurt him in the past and she thought she was messing Daniel around and Flora’s very protective of Daniel because he helped her when she had no-one.

She made things a bit difficult for Sinead at first but after seeing Daniel and Sinead together she can see the relationship is real.

How does Daniel react when they discover how much money Vinny has left Flora?

It’s probably the most money either Daniel or Sinead have ever been close to. They’re conflicted about it because they know where it’s probably come from but they’re also equally happy for Flora that now she can afford a decent place to live.

It also takes her out of their flat, and while Daniel is equally protective of her, he’s still only in his 20s and wants the place to themselves.

So how does he feel when he hears that Tracy is trying to get her hands on Flora’s money?

It’s typical Tracy and Daniel’s not impressed. But having spent the time he has with Flora over the last few months, he knows that she’s more than capable of facing off against Tracy and he’s not too worried.

Daniel does throw a spanner in the works though when he reveals that Steve kissed Michelle on her wedding day. Why does he do this?

It’s all to get back at Tracy, they really don’t like each other. Of all the Barlows this is the relationship that has never recovered, although it never really existed even before the incident with Ken.

Daniel spends a lot of his time keeping his opinions to himself, but this is one of those situations where you’re being vicious so have this, you deserve this.

Daniel generally is a good guy but when his back is against the wall he can come out fighting, do you enjoy playing that unpredictability?

He’s had to be like that historically, it’s how he’s survived. He must see Tracy as a threat and that’s why he does it, he kind of sinks to her level. I like playing that element of his character a lot.

Since the Ken incident we’ve played Daniel’s redemption and he’s had to keep a lid on his temper which I do hope will be re-visited again because something like that doesn’t just evaporate. It’s mostly in the interactions with Tracy when that comes out.

Flora throws a 50s party to celebrate her inheritance. How does Daniel feel when he hears she’s been attacked after slipping home from the party?

She goes back to the flat to get something, she’s gone quite a while so Daniel goes to check on her and finds her semi-conscious on the floor. He’s really worried.

We later find out that Flora went back to the flat to find a ring to prompt Daniel to propose to Sinead, does this have the desired effect?

Yes it does! Having seen their love is real she decides to pass on a family heirloom and basically orchestrates the whole proposal. It’s an interesting theme that Daniel keeps getting pushed around by older women! He’s not reluctant to do it, he’s worried she might say no, but he’s given a firm push in the right direction.

Do you think it’s something he’s thought of before?

Oh yeah, but when he first asked Sinead to move in and she said it was too soon, that knocked his confidence. I think he would have proposed sooner had it not been for that rejection. He doesn't want to lose what he’s got again.

I think the proposal was always on his mind, he was just waiting for the right time to do it.

– Rob Mallard

What is Sinead's initial reaction?

I think she’s confused as to the way it comes about, even though it is romantic, it’s probably not the proposal either of them had imagined with Flora orchestrating the whole thing. But hopefully it is what she wants.

Was it fun to film the 50s party?

Loads of fun, good music, good costumes, the theme suited me!

How do you feel about the prospect of potentially filming a wedding? Have you filmed a wedding before?

Nope never. I’ve been a guest at a few weddings but never my own. I can’t imagine it would be a very traditional wedding, especially if Sinead was in charge, it could be quite different.

Interview: Peter's Heartbreak

Now that Toyah has told the truth about baby Susie, we spoke to Chris Gascoyne about the fall out , Simon's spiralling behaviour and what the future holds for Peter...

How has Peter been feeling since he found out about baby Susie?

He is totally devastated, he has not only found out that she is not his baby but that his real baby had died and Toyah kept it from him. He’s at a loss to know what she was thinking. He is grieving the loss of his child but it is so complex and hard for him to understand and he is really struggling with it.

When is Coronation Street on?

Catherine Tyldesley wants to tell you about changes to the Coronation Street schedule during the World Cup. This week we're on:

Monday 25th June at 8pm (1 hour ep)
Tuesday 26st June at 8pm (1 hour ep)
Friday 29th June at 7.30 & 8.30pm

Don't worry if you miss anything, you can catch up on the ITV Hub

Preview Clip: Friday 29th June

Coming up on the cobbles...

7.30pm

Daniel and Sinead throw a 1950's themed party for Flora. Meanwhile, Steve is trying to convince Tracy that he's not interested in Michelle.

Do you fancy his chances?

Oh wow, Elvis has entered the building.

– Michelle Connor

8.30pm

At Carla's request, Beth and Kirk hatch a plan to sneak into the Underworld office. What are they up to?

I'm not a spy!

– Kirk Sutherland

Preview Clips: Tuesday 26th June

Coming up on the cobbles... (hour long episode)

8pm

Ahead of a potential date, Seb worries about revealing he's HIV-positive to Emma. But he's reassured by Abi. Who knew she could be so wise..?

And if she can't deal with it, you'll know she's not worth worrying about anyway.

– Abi Franklin

After Susie's accident, Eva is shocked when a social worker arrives at the pub having been contacted by Johnny. Will Eva discover Liz's betrayal?

So who was it?

– Eva Price

Preview Clips: Monday 25th June

Coming up on the cobbles... (hour long episode)

8pm

Kayla panics when her mum comes to visit her at work and recognises Craig.

Will she find out what Kayla is up to?

He's my dad and I know that he's telling the truth.

– Kayla Clifton

Flora finds out how much money she has been left in Harvey's will but is worried it means she'll have to move out of Daniel's flat.

I though if you knew how much he'd left me there'd be no reason why you had to put me up.

– Flora McArdle

Preview Clips: Friday 22nd June

Coming up on the cobbles:
(1 Hour Episode)

Sinead congratulates Daniel on his article in the Gazette about Phelan and his killing spree. Daniel’s quick to hide the newspaper from Flora.

I am so proud of you!

– Sinead Tinker

Abi hides the fact from Steve she's pretending Eileen's house is hers. And when the social worker calls at No.11, she’s impressed to see that Abi is sorting her life out.

What are you doing here?

– Steve McDonald