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Everything We Know About ITV's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Drama 'Quiz'

Everything We Know About ITV's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Drama 'Quiz'

Most of us will remember the infamous Who Wants To Be A Millionaire episode that saw it a British man cheat his way to the top cash prize by coughing on the ITV quiz show.

In September 2001, Charles Ingram foiled producers with a plot to scoop £1million, only to be caught and charged with fraud two years later alongside his two accomplices.

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Matthew Macfadyen stars as Major Charles Ingram (Credit: ITV)
Matthew Macfadyen stars as Major Charles Ingram (Credit: ITV)

The scandal has all the makings of TV gold, so naturally we were buzzing to find out that ITV was making a show out of the scandal called Quiz and filming has now finished.

Now that filming has wrapped up, what do we know about the drama?

What is Quiz about?

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The three-part drama will tell the story of how Ingram (dubbed the 'Coughing Major') stormed his way to the £1m prize with help from his wife Diana and friend Tecwen Whittock, who were both sitting in the audience and coughing to indicate the correct answers.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was a hugely popular TV show at the time, attracting audiences of 19 million viewers in its heyday, so when the news broke that the Ingrams had cheated, it sent shockwaves across the nation.

A documentary, Millionaire: A Major Fraud, aired in 2003, but ITV is now airing a juicy new drama on the case, with the scrpit based on James Graham's play of the same name.

It will be directed by globally-renowned Stephen Frears (A Very English Scandal) and promises to give an inside look at what went on backstage and how it was uncovered.

Who will star in Quiz?

Michael Sheen sported a Chris Tarrant-esque wig during filming (Credit: ITV)
Michael Sheen sported a Chris Tarrant-esque wig during filming (Credit: ITV)

Major Ingram is played by Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Pride & Prejudice), Diana Ingram by Sian Clifford (Fleabag) Tecwen Whittock by Michael Jibson (1917, The Riot Club) and Chris Tarrant by Michael Sheen (Twilight, The Queen, Frost/Nixon).

Also starring is Mark Bonnar as Paul Smith, the Celador Television chairman, Helen McCrory as Sonia Woodley QC and Aisling Bea as ITV Entertainment Commissioner, Claudia Rosencrantz. So it's a stellar line up.

When will Quiz air on TV?

Filming for the show is now complete, but ITV has not yet announced an air date so watch this space.

Michael Sheen will play show host Chris Tarrant (Credit: ITV)
Michael Sheen will play show host Chris Tarrant (Credit: ITV)

What happened to the couple in real life?

After ITV's suspicions, the couple from Wiltshire later stood trial for conspiring by coughing to signify the correct answers to the multiple choice questions posed by show host at the time Chris Tarrant.

The trio were found guilty of "procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception" and were fined, but received two years suspended prison sentences so they never went to jail.

Major Ingram appeared on the show back in 2001 (Credit: ITV)
Major Ingram appeared on the show back in 2001 (Credit: ITV)

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin, QC, told the Ingrams at the time of sentencing in 2003: "Thank your lucky stars that you are not going to prison".

He made clear at the time the suspended sentence was only due to the fact the couple had three daughters and didn't want them to be deprived.

Can't wait for this one.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV and Film, TV Entertainment

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist at Tyla with an interest in health and fitness, travel and lifestyle topics, as well as highlighting issues for women. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a BA Honours Journalism degree and ever since has written for various platforms, including Mail Online, The Sun, that's life magazine and b-inspired magazine.

 

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