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  • Message 51

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    Posted by heterodox (U14291406) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    I thought this was a great little drama and another gem produced by BBC4 for probably next-to-nothing. The acting was excellent and I found myself in sympathy with the main characters and, illogically, hoping that they would get away with it. I know they were dishonest and greedy but haven't we seen much greater villains walk away scot-free recently?

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  • Message 52

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    Posted by Lelee (U14406291) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    I, like a lot of other people was really looking forward to this programme in the light of the excellent dramas BBC 4 has produced.

    Frankly this was utter rubbish!

    There was no build of tension or conflict, it plodded along to its sad pathetic conclusion, it was worse than watching a crimewatch reconstruction.

    No attempt at all was made to actually make this look and feel like Hartlepool and indeed Seaton Carew. Seaton has fine wide sandy beaches and certainly does not nor has ever had a pier!

    The use of a "geordie" accent is frankly insulting to the people of Hartlepool. We have a northern accent - yes but its certainly not at all like Geordie. This is a very poor generalisation on behalf of the production team.

    Casting wise - pretty spot on for Anne however the less said about Bernard Hill the better and the casting of the sons was atrocious, have the production team not even bothered to look at photographs of mark and anthony darwin. They were far too young and again employed a rather mangled geordie. A geordie would use a "or" insted of a "aa" that a hartlepool accent would use i.e Mark - Geordie... Mork - Hpool... Maark. Much wider and lighter vowels, I cant even be bothered to check who was dialect coach, if there was one, they should never work again!

    The Darwins lived in two very large and imposing Edwardian Villas, an outward show of johns greed yet this wasnt really reflected in the location chosen and as i believe from an interview with the producer this was all filmed down south so it could be close to london to keep costs down, well, FAIL!

    Very poor attempt BBC 4, shame, as this would have made a great drama that really looked at what made this silly pair tick. A wasted oportunity done badly on the cheap!

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  • Message 53

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    Posted by the_cleaner (U3423083) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    You just can't make this sort of thing up, the Story and this Thread.

    smiley - smiley

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  • Message 54

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    she had ample opportunity to confess both in Panama and once she returned to this country  She would have been afraid to confess on Panama in case she let her husband down. By the time she reached home it would have been too late as he had already confessed.

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  • Message 55

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    She was prepared to talk to the journalist though - telling him she had not set eyes on her husband since the day he vanished.....smiley - whistle

    Might have been better to decline to be interviewed.....

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  • Message 56

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    Posted by U2133447 (U2133447) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    By the time she reached home it would have been too late as he had already confessed.

    I think we are possibly talking at cross purposes here Philap. Yes by the time she returned her husband had already confessed. However, that did not stop her confessing too and avoiding the cost of a trial (remember it was her alone that was tried he having confessed). If she had done so there would have been no need for a trial and she would have got a lighter sentence for having confessed. So the fact that she got a longer sentence was down to her own stubborness (or belief in her innocence - take your pick), and that is the point I am making

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  • Message 57

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    Posted by ceiderduck (U3353989) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    I couldn't help thinking of Heather Mills re Anne's accentsmiley - erm

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  • Message 58

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    Posted by Smilie Minogue (U8747614) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    Bernard Hill reminded me of Father Jack Hackett at times! smiley - laugh

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  • Message 59

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    Posted by JanetDoe (U10211737) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    Posted by alsdouble

    I think you'll find this thread is about the Darwins, and not you. 
    Wasn't suggesting it was.

    Just wondering how anyone can be so stupid as not to check out a country they are travelling to, especially if they were planning to live there.

    Presumably you travel abroad without checking the country out before you go.

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  • Message 60

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    It is hard to believe that anyone would get away with the "my wife next door" plan - but they DID, for years!!!

    Perhaps, having come so far, without so much as a close shave, they thought everything was going their way - HE had his new passport, and that was the biggest stumbling block in their eyes. With a new one issued, under a false name, nothing could stand in their way.

    (I did wonder how she was travelling as 'Mrs Darwin' and introducing her husband, whose passport named him as 'Mr Jones'.....

    And after 'Day of the Jackal' exposed the flaw in being able to obtain a birth cert of a dead child and then a passport, wasn't some tightening of the rules done so that copy Birth Certificates would only be issued - if the applicant did not have the same name as that on the document - following a written application and interview?)

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  • Message 61

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    Posted by ceiderduck (U3353989) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    Father Jack Hackett 

    Now that you mention itsmiley - laugh

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  • Message 62

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    Posted by Smilie Minogue (U8747614) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    I think it was just some of the sideways glances he gave, Ceider!smiley - biggrin

    I misread the blurb on the website information page about the programme and had thought this was a three-parter, each part looking at it from another's point of view i.e. Anne, John and the police.

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  • Message 63

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    Posted by bainbo (U1445106) on Thursday, 1st April 2010

    The Darwins' local paper, which had billed the drama as "eagerly anticipated" before the event, wasn't impressed afterwards:


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  • Message 64

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Friday, 2nd April 2010

    Some accents are hard to do for anyone that doesn't "come from around there".

    I could tell Saskia was struggling with it a bit, and kept dropping in and out of the dialect. Didn't spoil her performance for me, nor I suspect for the other 99% of the audience that isn't familiar with the niceties of North Eastern speech.

    (To show how little I know, I thought Seaton Carew was a footballer, like his brother John at Aston Villa).

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