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Canoe Man

Drama documentary about John Darwin, who faked his death to fund a better life. He pretended to disappear at sea in a canoe, prompting his wife Anne to play the grieving widow.

It was the story that gripped a nation.

John Darwin was a real life Reggie Perrin who faked his death to fund a better life, disappearing at sea in a canoe, while his wife, Anne, played the grieving widow. Even the couple's sons were fooled.

This compelling drama documentary has collaboration from the journalist who had exclusive access to Anne Darwin in the vital few days before her arrest and to whom she confessed all.

As the story unraveled in the glare of the media spotlight, Anne Darwin desperately tried to keep the lie intact.

This unique telling of this extraordinary tale uses as its basis the three very different versions of the story Anne Darwin told to try and fool the press and the police.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 9 Feb 2011 02:40


Role Contributor
Flick Kate Ambler
Carlos Pepe Balderrama
Judge Peter Cellier
Mark Darwin Philip Correia
John Darwin Bernard Hill
Journalist Philip McGough
Anne Darwin Saskia Reeves
Solicitor Mary Roscoe
DS Twist Jeremy Swift
Farmer Bill Thomas
Director Norman Hull
Producer Flavia Taylor
Writer Norman Hull