The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

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Drama series based on the true story of how John Darwin faked his own death to claim life insurance and avoid bankruptcy.

2022Rating: MUKStory Films, ITV - Independent Television
DramaTrue Story & Biography

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Episode 1

We meet John and Anne Darwin, a couple plagued by... More debt. Facing bankruptcy John decides to fake his own death using his canoe, much to the horror of his wife. They successfully pull it off and John goes into hiding while Anne consoles her sons.

EPISODE 1.2

Episode 2

John successfully applies for a passport to create a new... More identity, while forcing Anne to demand an inquest into his death so they can get the insurance pay out.

EPISODE 1.3

Episode 3

John has had enough of being dead and returns to... More England to declare he is suffering from amnesia. Journalists hunt down Anne in Panama and their story starts to unravel.

EPISODE 1.4

Episode 4

The truth emerges when Anne and John are interviewed by... More the police. The case goes to trial where Anne pleads not guilty on the grounds of marital coercion.

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe | Reviews

78%9 reviews

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(It) features superb character acting and dark comic relief.

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Independent

Independent

The juxtaposition of the ludicrous crime with a gritty depiction of a manipulative, controlling relationship doesn’t work...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

While far from mystical, (the programme) is nicely crafted in its depiction of dysfunction in a marriage in a dank, unpretty England...

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BBC

BBC

Tonally I think this works really well, and the cast help bring this thing to life...

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail

I could not stop watching... It was unavoidably gripping.

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The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe | Release Details

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe is available to stream in New Zealand now on TVNZ+.