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Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (1989)

Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from wife Joanne. When the court rules in Joanne's favour, Thatcher hires a hit man to kill his wife, and almost gets away with it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
JoAnn Thatcher
Robert Benson ...
Jack Rutherford
Leon Pownall ...
Gerry Gerrand
Brent Carver ...
Tony Merchant
Thom Bell
Greg Thatcher
Lorna Wilson
Laura Bruneau
Tony Wilson
Ellie Hubiak
Barry Stevens ...
Government Minister
Neil Dainard ...
House Speaker
Charlie Wilde
Garry Anderson


Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from his wife Jo-Ann. When a series of court rulings over the divorce go against him, Thatcher decides a more drastic solution is needed - murder! A series of attempts on Jo-Ann's life follow, most of which don't succeed. Finally one does, and the arrogant Thatcher believes he is above the law and immune to prosecution. But his arrogance proves to be his undoing, as Crown Counsel Serge Kujawa builds a case against this psychopathic monster for 1st-degree murder - charging that Thatcher hired someone to kill his wife. The true story of one of the most disturbing stories of murder-for-hire in Canada. Written by medic249a2

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15 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love and Hate: A Marriage Made in Hell  »

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Released theatrically in the Philippines. See more »


Colin Thatcher: [to Garry Anderson on how to deal with police] You just have to remember it's always deny, deny, deny.
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Recommended TV Drama
23 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one Canadian TV drama you won't want to miss considering the fact that almost 20 years following the brutal slaying of Joanne Thatcher by her estranged husband - former Saskatchewan cabinet minister Colin Thatcher, he remains in the news every now and then with his efforts to be released from jail and he continues to maintain his innocence. This made-for-TV mini series is a chilling account of the events surrounding the lives of C & J Thatcher with veteran Canadian actor Kenneth Welsh as the cold and calculating Colin Thatcher and Kate Nelligan as Joanne, a woman who endured his physical and emotional abuse even after their divorce as her maniacal husband will not stop unless he has sole custody of the children. Welsh's portrayal of Thatcher as a completely selfish and extremely violent individual and who uses his wealth and political power over others earned him a deserving Gemini award.

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