Eddie Marsan transforms into conman John Darwin to film ITV drama with ...

Eddie Marsan transformed into conman John Darwin to resume filming for a new ITV drama about the criminal on Monday. 

The actor, 52, braved the showers in Hartlepool, County Durham, as he joined his on-screen wife Monica Dolan, who portrays Anne, on set. 

The new ITV drama is set to depict Anne's involvement in her husband's deception by faking his death in a canoeing accident in a bid to cash in on their life insurance.   

Filming: Eddie Marsan transformed into conman John Darwin to resume filming for a new ITV drama about the criminal on Monday

Filming: Eddie Marsan transformed into conman John Darwin to resume filming for a new ITV drama about the criminal on Monday 

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During the latest scenes, Eddie got caught in a rain downpour as he wore a thick green jumper and jeans while dressed as conman John Darwin.

The actor and Monica, who wore a blue jacket, were also seen carrying a large wooden table into a property, while a variety of other furniture was scattered in the street. 

In between takes the stars of the show were seen wearing black puffer jackets to warm up and Monica also donned a plastic rain hat to shield her hair from the showers.

As well as the actors, the film crew were also drenched in the downpours despite wearing waterproof clothing and plastic camera covers. 

Co-star: The actor, 52, braved the showers in Hartlepool, County Durham, as he joined his on-screen wife Monica Dolan, who portrays Anne, on set

Co-star: The actor, 52, braved the showers in Hartlepool, County Durham, as he joined his on-screen wife Monica Dolan, who portrays Anne, on set 

Spitting image: Eddie is playing conman Darwin in the drama

Clean shaven: John Darwin is pictured in 2008

Spitting image: Eddie (left) is playing conman Darwin (right in 2008) in the drama depicting his attempt to fake his death for a life insurance payment

Twins: Monica will play Darwin's wife Anne

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Plot: Anne is pictured in 2007

Twins: Monica (left) will play Darwin's wife Anne (right in 2007), who became complicit in his con that made nationwide headlines

The latest insight into filming comes as photographs from set earlier in the day showed Marsan appearing to get into the Christmas spirit as he donned a Santa hat and enjoyed a glass of champagne.

The Sherlock Holmes star appeared to be recreating the moment Darwin ordered his wife Anne to take photos with his new Range Rover, with neighbours clueless to the fact that the landlords were facing mounting debts. 

The ITV drama will focus on how John's wife Anne became complicit in her husband's deception to convince the world he'd gone missing in an attempt to claim life insurance and avoid bankruptcy. 

However, the crime was to take its toll on Anne who lied to their sons, Mark and Anthony, for five years whilst her husband, in the early days of the fraud, secretly lived in a bedsit next door to the home he shared with Anne.

Downpour: During the latest scenes, Eddie got caught in a rain downpour as he wore a thick green jumper and jeans while dressed as conman John Darwin

Downpour: During the latest scenes, Eddie got caught in a rain downpour as he wore a thick green jumper and jeans while dressed as conman John Darwin 

On set: The actor and Monica, who wore a blue jacket, were also seen carrying a large wooden table into a property

Busy: While a variety of other furniture was scattered in the street

On set: The actor and Monica, who wore a blue jacket, were also seen carrying a large wooden table into a property, while a variety of other furniture was scattered in the street

Windy: In between takes the stars of the show were seen wearing black puffer jackets to warm up

Windy: In between takes the stars of the show were seen wearing black puffer jackets to warm up

Devastated by the loss of their father, neither son had an inkling their parents were capable of such treachery and being involved in a £679,000 insurance scam.

Anne and John, now 70, eventually decided to leave Seaton Carew and move to Panama City to start a new life together before their secret was exposed by the discovery of a photo of them posing in a Panama real estate office in July 2006.

John had been travelling back and forth between Panama and the UK and turned up at a London police station in 2007 claiming he'd been suffering from amnesia.

At her trial Anne pleaded not guilty, arguing that she had been coerced into the plot by her husband, but the jury didn't believe her.

Wet and windy: Despite the unfortunate British weather conditions, the cast and crew powered through the wind and rain to record the sceneS

Taste of freedom: Anne and John (played by Eddie), now 70, eventually decided to leave Seaton Carew and move to Panama City to start a new life together

Wet and windy: Despite the unfortunate British weather conditions, the cast and crew powered through the wind and rain to record the sceneS  

John was ordered to serve six years and three months in prison while

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