Hartlepool reacts as first episode of The Thief, His Wife And The Canoe airs on ITV

ITV’s drama about Hartlepool ‘canoe’ couple John and Anne Darwin premiered on Easter Sunday and Mail readers have had their say.

Monday, 18th April 2022, 6:02 pm

Actors Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan star in the drama, which was largely filmed in Hartlepool last spring.

Have you enjoyed getting stuck into the programme or have you just got something to say about the accents?

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Actors Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan portray Hartlepool couple John and Anne Darwin in the ITV drama./Photo: ITV

Here’s what Mail readers made of the new programme so far on our Facebook page.

Saphron North: “Watched last night and looking forward to more. What’s the fuss about the accents though? They weren’t from here. No one seems to bother when Americans speak English accents like we are all royals!”

Jane Hammond: “Why wouldn’t you watch this, it's filmed in our town, yes we know what happened, I am so looking forward to it.”

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Rachel Denham Fawcett admitted binge-watching the programme already, adding: “Watched all episodes at once.”

But Julie Saunders wasn’t that impressed. She said: “I turned it off, not even halfway through.”

Kevin Guffick said: “Should never have used Headland for this film. And the language is not Hartlepudlean...”

Kenny Coulson added: “People can't do Hartlepool accents, might watch for a laugh.”

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe is on ITV at 9pm from Easter Sunday until Wednesday, April 20. All episodes are already available on ITV Hub.