"Coronation Street's" Brian Packham is set to question his future in teaching as Phil Gillespie's bullying leaves him "vulnerable".
Peter Gunn plays the beloved character who has been placed under intense pressure by Deputy head teacher Phil Gillespie (Tom Turner) since his return to Bessie Street School, including telling him that if the school's nativity production goes wrong he could be made redundant.
And things aren't going to get better for Brian anytime soon as the bullying escalates.
Speaking to Inside Soap magazine about his tough time, Peter said: "The bullying is ongoing - but it's been interesting showing Brian's vulnerability. Workplace bullies are a real issue for a lot of people, and there are occasions when you think, "poor lad - if only he'd speak up!" Brian comes across as a buffoon, so it's good we're showing the different side to him. He has a journey ahead, and how it all ends is interesting - I won't say much more though!
Next week viewers will see Brian - who is in a relationship with Cathy Matthews (Melanie Hill) on the cobbles - miss a crucial staff meeting because after pulling a work all-nighter after Phil heats up the pressure by fabricating the urgency of upcoming deadlines.
Opening up about if Brian has a happy Christmas to look forward too, Phil added: "To be honest, I woke up in a few cold sweats about what happens to him over Christmas! Bullying is a serious issue, but in true Brian style, there's some slapstick in store - and some stunts!
"I can only tease what happens by saying that Brian is somewhat hoist by his own petard."