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ITV's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Drama 'Quiz' Starts Tonight

ITV's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Drama 'Quiz' Starts Tonight

Since lockdown began, we've been getting stuck into heaps of new telly. And now, there's another to add to our to-watch lists - ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire drama, Quiz which starts tonight.

Most of us will remember the scandal of all telly scandals that took place in 2001 and saw Brit, army major Charles Ingram cheat his way to winning £1 million, right under Chris Tarrant's nose.

The three-part drama is set to follow how Charles managed to fool producers as well as host Chris, recreating the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire episode itself.

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Shortly after Charles' big win, ITV became suspicious over his behaviour during the episode and began investigating the army major for what became known as the 'coughing scandal'.

It turns out Charles had managed to scoop the top prize with help of his wife Diana and friend Tecwen Whittock, who were both sitting in the studio audience and coughing to indicate the correct answers.

Charles Ingram managed to scoop £1 million on the show (Credit: ITV)
Charles Ingram managed to scoop £1 million on the show (Credit: ITV)

When the trio, from Wiltshire, were caught and charged with fraud two years later, they were fined, but received two years suspended prison sentences (so they never actually went to jail).

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Judge Geoffrey Rivlin, QC, said: "Thank your lucky stars that you are not going to prison".

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The judge had made it clear the couple had been handed a suspended sentence due to the fact they had three daughters.

Charles was fined and received a suspended sentence (Credit: ITV)
Charles was fined and received a suspended sentence (Credit: ITV)

The juicy series will follow the scandal from start to finish and will see Charles and Diana being questioned by the police, who ask the contestant why he continuously changed his mind over the answers.

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ITV Has Released The Trailer For 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Drama 'Quiz'
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ITV Has Released The Trailer For 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Drama 'Quiz'

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"That's what the producers wanted, it's the [...] tension [and] drama," the couple can be seen explaining in the trailer.

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).

Chris Tarrant is played by Michael Sheen (Credit: ITV)
Chris Tarrant is played by Michael Sheen (Credit: ITV)

Also starring is Helen McCrory as Sonia Woodley QC and Aisling Bea as ITV Entertainment Commissioner, Claudia Rosencrantz.

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You can watch the first episode of Quiz tonight, Monday 13th April, on ITV at 9pm. The second and third episodes will air across two consecutive evenings on Tuesday 14th April and Wednesday 15th April.

We've got a feeling we'll be glued to this...

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Entertainment News, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, TV News, TV Entertainment

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