The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe premieres on ITV in April

April sees the screening of of The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, Chris Lang’s four-part drama tells the true story of Hartlepool couple John (Eddie Marsan) and Anne Darwin (Monica Dolan), who faked John’s death during a supposed canoe accident in 2002 before John was discovered to be alive, leading to their arrest and prison sentencing in 2008.

Eddie Marsden and Monica Dolan as John and Anne Darwin

The Thief, His Wife And The Canoe explores John Darwin’s big scam and how it was carry out. It also show how Anne (played by Monica Dolan) became complicit in her husband’s bizarre deception to avoid bankruptcy, as she played the grieving widow and tried to convince the world, their friends, the police and insurance companies that John had gone missing while canoeing off the North East coast. Even their sons, Mark and Anthony, were none the wiser for five years, as their father secretly lived hidden in a bedsit next door to the home he shared with Anne.