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The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe (2022)

3,72 25 votes

Show title: The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

IMDb score: 7,2 (4.007)

Episodes: 4

Playing time: 3 hour and 06 minutes

Developed by: Chris Lang

Stars: Eddie Marsan, Monica Dolan and Mark Stanley

Origin: United Kingdom

Releasedate: Sunday 17 April 2022

First aired on: ITV (Verenigd Koninkrijk)

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe plot

John Darwin, Anne's husband, is a prison guard on the brink of bankruptcy. He devises a crazy plan to defraud insurance companies. Using his canoe, he fakes his own death, unbeknownst to their two sons. After his ensuing disappearance, he forces Anne to demand an inquest into his death so they can claim his life insurance policy.

Episodes Season 1 (2022)

  1. Episode 1

    17 April 2022 (47 minutes)

  2. Episode 2

    18 April 2022 (47 minutes)

  3. Episode 3

    19 April 2022 (45 minutes)

  4. Episode 4

    20 April 2022 (47 minutes)

Full cast & crew

Actors and Actresses

John Darwin

Anne Darwin

Anthony Darwin

Mark Darwin

Reviews & comments

avatar van Suitehome


  • 431 messages
  • 326 votes

The true story is special. Enough reason to turn it into a four-part miniseries after the TV movie Canoe Man from 2010. Screenwriter and executive producer Chris Lang (Unforgotten, Innocent) has turned it into a gripping drama. Married couple An (Monica Dolan) and John Darwin (Eddie Marsan - Deceit, River) come up with a plan to get out of money troubles and swindle the insurance company.

Although the last episode is gripping but cannot match the level of the first two episodes, the tragicomic The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe breathes quality in everything. The incredible premise, the lively screenplay and above all the phenomenal acting performances. The power of true crime; you can't make this story up.

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avatar van AniSter


  • 1642 messages
  • 1249 votes

Excellently acted series based on true events which, as far as I can judge, have been closely followed in the plot. It is remarkable that this scam has not come to light before. The three-hour series remains captivating, with a turn from crime to drama in the second half when John returns.

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avatar van Movsin


  • 7033 messages
  • 7785 votes

Wonderful series with a curious true story that captivates from start to finish and that can boast two wonderful protagonists.

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