The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe: Anne Darwin ‘didn’t like’ ITV murder drama

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe tells the story of fraudsters Hartlepool Anne and John Darwin, who shock the nation after faking their deaths to get insurance money to pay off their debts.

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Canoe driver’s wife wishes drama ‘didn’t happen’

The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe journalist David Leigh detailed Anne Darwin’s reaction to ITV’s dramatic staging of her notorious canoeing daughter alongside ex-husband John Darwin.

The ITV drama series is based on the shocking true story of a married couple conspiring to fake John’s death in a canoeing accident to claim life insurance.

The series stars Monica Dolan and Eddie Marsan as the real-life Hartlepool, swindlers Anne and John Darwin, and airs over Easter.

The four-part drama follows the pair to their fraud convictions after John attempted to fake his own death in 2002 to secure insurance money to pay off a debt of thousands of pounds.

Anne and John eventually decided to leave Seaton Carew and move to Panama City to start a new life together, before the Mirror exposed the scam with a now-famous photo of them smiling together in a photo booth. real estate office in Panama in July 2006.

Former Mirror journalist David Leigh was flown to Panama, where Anne was living when the scammer was discovered



At trial, Anne pleaded not guilty, claiming that she had been forced into the plot by her husband, but the jury did not believe her and both were jailed for more than six years.

Former Mirror journalist David Leigh was flown to Panama, where Anne was living when the scammer was discovered, and he appeared on This Morning on Tuesday to discuss the media storm at the time.

He told Anne’s hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “She was rejected by everyone and she was taken care of by me. I don’t want anything to happen to her.

“It’s not unusual to have a friendship with someone that you write a story about, but I wrote to her, gave her all the encouragement I could, and visited her. ”

“She obviously doesn’t like this very much.”



The deception affected the couple’s son Mark and Anthony, who rejected their parents after the revelation, but have since reconciled with their mother Anne.

David said of this: “The boys have been through hell, but what I tell people is, if they could forgive her, what would people think?”

David continued: “Anne now has both sons back in her life. She has four grandchildren of her own. She lives a very quiet and anonymous life. Obviously she doesn’t like this very much. “

Phillip then asked, “Does she want all of this to go away?”

“Can you tell me who I need to talk to about making a life insurance claim?”



David explains that Anne often says she “doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about”, asking why there is still “all this interest” in the story.

David continued: “She clearly wishes this hadn’t happened but accepts that she played a role in it and understands to some extent, the fascination from the public.

“This story is 15 years old and still going, so I think she’ll be happy when it’s over and she can move on with her life and spend time with the boys.”

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe begins airing at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 17 and continues on subsequent nights simultaneously on ITV and ITV Hub.

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