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What Happened Next To Coughing Major Charles Ingram Will Blow Your Mind

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What Happened Next To Coughing Major Charles Ingram Will Blow Your Mind

You'd be forgive for thinking the true story behind Quiz - ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal drama - couldn't get any weirder. But you'd be wrong.

The three-part drama tells the story of how Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana attempted to cheat on the fan-favourite TV quiz show to take home the £1million prize.

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But another bizarre incident that happened to Ingram has now caught the attention of viewers.

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In 2010, the cheating Major unfortunately sliced off three of his toes in a garden lawnmower accident.

Ingram was quizzed about the garden mishap by fascinated Twitter users. One asked: "Could you please tell us if the toe/lawnmower thing is true? I hope it ISN'T!"

Ingram responded to clarify that the accident had indeed happened.

"Sadly yes," he replied. "Rotten apple hidden in long grass, on a bank. Ruined a new pair of wellies."

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Charles and Diana Ingram stood trial for conspiring by coughing to signal the correct answers on the TV quiz show (Credit: ITV)
Charles and Diana Ingram stood trial for conspiring by coughing to signal the correct answers on the TV quiz show (Credit: ITV)

Ingram went into further grisly detail, commenting that the treatment he'd received from the NHS following his injury was "super" and that we were all "so fortunate" to have access to the free health service.

Blimey. Could this guy's life get more bonkers?

The Major has also shared his thoughts on Quiz and the cast's performances.

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"WOW," he tweeted. "The cast, the story, the scenes, simply brilliant. "Terrifyingly accurate and oh yes, horribly cringeworthy. Floored by the pure talent on show tonight. Well done too to ITV. Gutsy."

In 2010, the cheating Major unfortunately sliced off three of his toes in a garden lawnmower accident (Credit: Shutterstock)
In 2010, the cheating Major unfortunately sliced off three of his toes in a garden lawnmower accident (Credit: Shutterstock)

Quiz sees British actor Matthew Macfayden takes on the role of the Major, while Chris Tarrant is played to perfection by Michael Sheen.

Major Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating when producers watched the recording of the show back.

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The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing to signal the correct answers.

The Ingrams stood trial and maintained their innocence. They were eventually dealt an 18-month suspended sentence and fines of £25,000.

ITV's dramatic re-enactment of the cheating scandal has had the nation glues to its screens (Credit: ITV)
ITV's dramatic re-enactment of the cheating scandal has had the nation glues to its screens (Credit: ITV)
Ingram tweeted that the accident occurred due to
Ingram tweeted that the accident occurred due to
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Ingram tweeted that the accident occurred due to a
Ingram tweeted that the accident occurred due to a

ITV's dramatic re-enactment of the incident - which saw Ingram dubbed the "Coughing Major" - concluded on Wednesday night and has had the nation glued to their screens.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Quiz, who wants to be a millionaire, TV Entertainment

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