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The Thief, His Wife & the Canoe viewers stunned as they recognise familiar face

THE THIEF, His Wife and the Canoe viewers spotted a familiar face in the final instalment of the ITV drama.

John and Anne Darwin were brought to justice as the true-life drama came to its conclusion on Wednesday night.

Viewers recognised the detective from the infamous ITV soap

Viewers recognised the detective from the infamous ITV soapKrediet: ITV
Will Anne confess to her long list of crimes?

Will Anne confess to her long list of crimes?

The series followed Anne Darwin becoming complicit in her husband John’s deception as she starts to convince the world that he has gone missing in 2002, while canoeing off the coast of Seaton Carew in Cleveland.

In the final episode, Anne and John grilled are by detectives and accused with a long list of crimes.

At first Anne denied having any knowledge that her husband John had faked his death.

Seun laat meisie woedend nadat hy die '£50k Mercedes onthul het, John said he had no clue about Anne collecting the money from his life insurance policy.

But Anne realised she couldn’t lie any longer, she confessed the entire truth to the police. Later, John did the same.

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Scenes showed John and Anne reconciled in jail. John threw his arms around his wife and began kissing her. He told her: “I forgive you, Anne. I really do”.

After both went to trial, Anne was sentenced to six years and six months in prison, while John was given three months less.

Egter, viewers were distracted because they recognised a familiar face during the interrogation scenes as one of the detectives was Coronation Street and The Bill star Andrew Lancel.

He played villainous businessman Frank Foster on the ITV soap and DI Neil Manson on the police drama.

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Neem na Twitter, het een kyker gesê: “Omg did anyone else spot DCI Neil Manson interviewing John Darwin? Or am I just a die hard fan of The Bill?”

'N Ander het geskryf: “CID scene thoughts: seeing Andrew Lancel sat back on a chair gave me strong flashbacks to The Bill.

'n Derde geskryf: “This is just reminding me I still miss The Bill and why wasn’t @AndrewLancel character just called Neil Manson? ek bedoel, he’ll always be Mansonmaybe Chief Constable now though….”

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While most of the story is true, ITV has confirmed that some characters and events were created for entertainment purposes.

The mini-series was inspired by a memoir written by journalist David Leigh.

The four-part drama is written by Chris Lang, and will retell the story of John and Anne Darwin and their infamous insurance scandal.

The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe is available to watch now on ITVhub.

Anne was sentenced to six years and six months in prison, while John was given three months less

Anne was sentenced to six years and six months in prison, while John was given three months less

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