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The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

ITV 2022

The extraordinary and compelling story of how John Darwin faked his own death to claim life insurance and avoid bankruptcy will be told in The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe. The drama relates how Anne Darwin's husband, a prison officer, came up with the hare-brained scheme to defraud insurance companies, unbeknownst to their two sons.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe - S1E4

#1 - Episode 4


Season 1 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated from 38 votes.

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe - S1E3

#2 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated from 41 votes.

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe - S1E2

#3 - Episode 2


Season 1 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated from 45 votes.

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe - S1E1

#4 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

We meet John and Anne Darwin, a couple plagued by 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.

The episode was rated from 60 votes.

Last updated: jun 20, 2022



Eddie Marsan plays himself, a deluded, ignorant, nasty piece of work. John Darwin got off so lightly compared to his devoted, abused wife.


Entertaining enough show that keeps you interested.

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