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First Picture Emerges Of Michael Sheen As Chris Tarrant in ITV's 'Quiz'

First Picture Emerges Of Michael Sheen As Chris Tarrant in ITV's 'Quiz'

The first picture of Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in upcoming Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz are here - and we have to say it's uncanny.

In a photo released today, Michael Sheen recreates a famous shot of the 73-year-old game show host arriving to court to give evidence at the 2003 trail of Charles Ingram, which is at the centre of the ITV drama.

Michael Sheen looks exactly like Chris Tarrant (Credit: ITV/ PA)
Michael Sheen looks exactly like Chris Tarrant (Credit: ITV/ PA)

Quiz tells the story of Ingram and his wife Diana who swindled the popular game show to take home the full £1 million prize.

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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.

The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing to signal the correct answers to the multiple choice questions, posed by the show's host Chris Tarrant.

The Ingram's 18-month trial gripped the nation at the time, with the couple maintaining their innocence. Eventually, they were dealt an 18-month suspended sentence and fines of £25,000.

Matthew Macfadyen plays Major Charles Ingram while Fleabag actress Sian Clifford stars as Ingram's wife Diana (Credit: ITV/AMC)
Matthew Macfadyen plays Major Charles Ingram while Fleabag actress Sian Clifford stars as Ingram's wife Diana (Credit: ITV/AMC)
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The show stars Matthew Macfadyen as Charles Ingram, Sian Clifford as his wife Diana and Michael Jibson as Tecwen Whittock.
It also stars Mark Bonnar as Celador Television Chairman, Paul Smith, Helen McCrory as Sonia Woodley QC, and Aisling Bea as ITV Entertainment Commissioner, Claudia Rosencrantz.

Chris Tarrant's son, Toby Tarrant, seemed big fan of the teaser photo, tweeting: "This photo of Michael Sheen as Dad is brilliant."

He added, jokingly: "If there's a scene where he passes out on the sofa watching TV with a glass of whisky and mumbling to himself then it will be like I'm 12 years old all over again."

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The three-part drama is directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) and written by James Graham, (This House, Labour of Love).

Speaking of the new show, writer Craham said in a statement: "I was gripped by this story over 15 years ago, and I'm still gripped now. It's a very English heist.

"Putting it onto stage at Chichester and the West End was such a lot of fun, and with a new team we now get to re-imagine the whole story afresh for television.

"I have to pay credit to the late investigative journalist Bob Woffinden, who along with James Plaskett wrote the book Bad Show that kicked the whole creative process off by asking the question - what if the Major is innocent?"

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There no exact date for when Quiz will be on, but ITV confirm it will be some time in 2020. We can't wait to watch this.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Quiz, Entertainment News, TV and Film

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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