It’s been three years since Dan threw his brother, played by Mark Jordan, out of the village and as Monday’s episode revealed, he has fallen on hard times and is currently sleeping rough.
Ahead of his return, HuffPost UK and other reporters grilled Mark - and his co-stars Liam Fox (Dan) and Laura Norton (Kerry Wyatt) - on what fans can expect from the character’s comeback.
Here’s everything they were allowed to tell us…
Things really have not gone well for Daz
Mark admitted: “It’s quite a change in the three years and I think ,after the last exit, he’s ended up in a really bad place. It’s a major change from the Daz we last saw, to the Daz you’ll get to see now.
“He’s homeless, he’s lost everything and ended up at the bottom of the barrel. When Kerry spots him, he’s in dire straits and had a lot to think about since he was last in the village.
“It’s interesting for me to come in and be almost [the] polar opposite of what I came in as last time which is wonderful
His situation will resonate with Kerry
The exact details of why Kerry is so struck by Daz’s situation is being kept under lock and key, but viewers will see her desperate to help Daz - despite everything that happened last time she saw him.
“That is something that you learn but basically her seeing him at rock bottom, it’s a parallel journey,” Laura explained. “But this is something she hasn’t shared with anybody before so it comes to light.
“That’s why she feels so strongly, because it’s her opportunity to make amends for the mistakes she made with Amy because of the situation she was in, she goes ,‘I might be able to help this situation but make myself feel better at the same time’.”
And Daz’s reappearance will bring out a different side to her
“Your [Daz] sort of new polar opposite role has given us [Dan and Kerry] the same,” Laura said. “Kerry’s now sort of becoming sort of mother, trying to fix wrongs that she has done in the past. It’s an opportunity for her to make up for all that.”
But his homelessness won’t have the same effect on Dan
Liam’s character will struggle to trust his brother, and the actor admitted: “Dan doesn’t want to know at all. He doesn’t want him in his life.”
The storyline will have some serious twists and turns
Kerry and Dan are fantastic comedy characters, but the soap’s producer, Iain MacLeod, revealed that the storyline will “give them something more serious to do at times as well”.
Explaining why he decided to bring Daz back in the first place, Iain added: “I liked the idea of extending Dan and Kerry’s family group and giving another source of friction in their relationship.
“The idea was just to build a bigger family around them and to give another facet to the type of stories we could tell with them.”
Daz won’t be kissing Kerry again - but there is romance on the cards
When asked whether Daz could be enjoying the company of a Dales resident, producer Iain said: “Yup. There’s definitely one [romance] on the cards. I won’t say who with but yeah, it’s an interesting odd couple dynamic which is really good fun.”
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