John and Anne Darwin are played by Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan in ITV’s The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe. The four-part TV series, which ends tonight, was based on the memoir of journalist David Leigh, who made contact with mother-of-two Anne. Writer Chris Lang and the cast spoke to Express.co.uk and other media about what happened to the Darwins.
Where are John and Anne Darwin now?
The series is based on the true story of the couple who were arrested in Panama while hoping to start a new life for themselves.
Having found himself in debt, John Darwin wanted to find a solution.
Instead of declaring bankruptcy, he decided to fake his own death, convincing his wife to go through with his plan and claim her life insurance.
He and Anne had convinced the world that he had died in a canoeing accident off Seaton Carew.
Their secret was revealed by an infamous photo of the couple posing at a Panamanian real estate agency in July 2006.
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Writer Chris Lang asked if the Darwins had been involved in the television adaptation of their extraordinary story.
He told Express.co.uk and other media: “We approached them all and none of them were interested in discussing or collaborating on the project.
“Dave Leigh was the reporter who published the story which was part of the research on the project.
“He still speaks with Anne and has a good relationship with her, so Dave was able to hopefully reassure her that telling her story is as sympathetic as possible.
“But no, they didn’t want to get involved.”
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“From the start, Anne did not want to contribute to this production.
“She’s had her day and I respect that. I’m okay with leaving her alone.
“Also, I learned that the least useful thing an actor can bring to the play is judgement.”
At her trial, Anne said her husband forced her to agree to the plan, but she was found guilty.
She and her husband were imprisoned for over six years.
The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe continues on ITV Monday at 9 p.m.