Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan reveal John Darwin’s son snuck into the set of new ITV show

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Actors Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan have shared that John Darwin’s son appeared on the set of a new ITV show about his father wearing a disguise

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Canoe scam wife Anne Darwin blames ex-husband John for fraud scheme

Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan have revealed one of John and Anne Darwin’s sons snuck onto the set of the TV show where they were playing the infamous canoe couple.

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe tells how Darwin faked his death in a canoeing accident in 2002 and plotted a new life in Panama with his wife Anne.

The actors said one of Darwin’s two sons was in disguise for the day.

“We didn’t know anything until a few weeks later,” Eddie said. He came in with a baseball cap and a Covid mask to watch. We did not receive any response.”

Four Floors is based on a story by former Mirror journalist David Leigh, who first tracked down Anne in Panama following a £1m pension and insurance scam.

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe tells the story of how Darwin faked his death in a boating accident in 2002.



The Darwins, from Seaton Carew, Co Durham, accidentally took a photograph we published in 2007 to reveal the conspiracy under the headline Canoe’s This In Panama? David mentored the series to make sure it was authentic.

Viewers will also see son Mark Darwin, played by Mark Stanley, visit his father with a copy of the Mirror. Mark and his brother Anthony have been kept in the dark about the scam.

Eddie and Monica also talked about how they kept their Northeast accent during weeks of filming the ITV drama.

Eddie, 53, from East London, said: “We kept our accent and we just kept it up so we sounded like a family. . ”

Monica Dolan as Anne Darwin in The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe



Monica added: “You walk out of your cabin and say ‘I’ll say so’ and I say ‘I’m saying so already’.”

Eddie added: “You don’t want to think about that when you’re shooting a scene because there’s so much else to think about.”

Eddie is so keen to imitate John, he also finds his favorite music and listens to a playlist in his caravan every day to get into the character.

John Darwin faked his own death


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John Darwin who has been nicknamed ‘Canoe Driver’


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He said: “We asked Anne Darwin what kind of music John likes and to our surprise it came back as ‘ABBA and country and western’.

“The funny thing is that my wife and I share Spotify. My wife thought I was going through a midlife crisis because I had Dolly Parton and ABBA by my side. “

John, 71, was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for fraud and Anne, 69, to another three months. He was released in January 2011 and currently lives in the Philippines. She was released in March 2011 and lives in York.

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe will air on ITV next month and be available to stream as a box on ITV Hub.

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