CORONATION Street's Daniel Osbourne's creepy obsession with escort Nicky terrifies her tonight.
The widower – who is played by actor Rob Mallard in the ITV soap – has been paying Nicky to dress up in his dead wife Sinead's clothes while he tells her about his life.
However tonight it's clear Daniel is developing feelings for Nicky when she's dressed as Sinead, and he lures her over to his house for a romantic meal.
When it becomes clear he is insistent on pretending Nicky is Sinead and living out a fantasy of her still being alive, Nicky struggles to hide her discomfort.
Trying to mask her horror, she lets Daniel down gently and suggests he should be confiding in his friends and family instead of paying her to be Sinead.
Next week’s episodes of Coronation Street will see Daniel grow desperate to see Nicky.
But when she says she’s too busy to meet him and suggests he contacts her pal Cherry, Daniel gives her a ring.
Cherry launches into her usual spiel and is shocked when Daniel starts talking about his son Bertie.
When Daniel realises that Cherry is bored, he tells her it isn’t working and ends the call before staring at Sinead’s photo.
Later, when Daniel sees Nicky at the Bistro with a business associate of Ray’s he panics and offers to pay double to spend time with her.
How will Nicky react to Daniel’s public outburst?
Actor Rob Mallard – who plays Daniel on the ITV soap – told TV Times that Daniel is yet to grieve properly for Sinead and face up to her death.
He explained: “When Daniel is on the cobbles or with his family, he is acting as though he has found a way to move forward.
“The reality is that behind closed doors he hasn't moved on at all.”
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