Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joann Thatcher (1990)


Director: Francis Mankiewicz
Writer: Suzette Couture, based on the book by Maggie Siggins
Producer: Bernard Zukerman
Starring: Kate Nelligan, Kenneth Welsh, Robert Benson, Leon Powell, Brent Carver
Distributor: Odyssey Video Release
Canadian Broadcaster: CBC









The mini series follows the deteriorating relationship of Saskatchewan politician Colin Thatcher and his wife Joann. After Joann sues for divorce Colin begins a series of clumsy attempts to have her killed, and is eventually successful. He is arrested, and after a sensational trial, convicted of her murder. It won five Gemini Awards, Best Director, Best Dramatic Mini-series, Best Actor, Best Photography and Best Writer, numerous international prizes and was the single most watched entertainment program of the year. Love and Hate was the first foreign program ever sold to an American network, and when NBC aired it in the summer of 1991, it topped the audience charts and finished number one for the week.