In one of the most anticipated dramas of the year so far, ITV brings us Quiz, a three-part dramatisation of the true story of the 2001 Who Wants to be a Millionaire coughing scandal.
Remember it? Of course you do – the Chris Tarrant-hosted quiz show was one of the most popular Saturday night television programmes of the time that whole families would sit down and tune in to watch together. So when it was revealed that an army Major and his wife had managed to cheat their way through the game show to win the grand prize of £1 million, it made headline news for months.
There’s already been a stage adaptation of the debacle and now ITV have created a drama of the events, and it comes with a stellar cast.
Here’s everything we know so far about Quiz.
If you watched Saturday night telly or read the news in 2001, then you already know the story. But for anyone unfamiliar with the scandal that rocked the nation, here’s a brief overview.
He seemed like any other contestant on the popular gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire, just happy to be there to have a stab at winning themselves a tidy million pounds, but when Major Charles Ingram correctly answered every question and won himself the full £1 million, rumours began to circulate that he may have cheated.
Looking back, it seems like an implausible story, from how the Major, his wife and their accomplice plotted to get themselves a spot on the show to their plan to cough from the audience to indicate every correct answer, but it really all happened and it earned each of them a suspended prison sentence in the end.
A high stakes drama attracts a star-studded cast – Michael Sheen will be playing Chris Tarrant, Succession‘s Matthew Macfayden is Major Charles Ingram and Sian Clifford (of Fleabag fame) is his wife, Diana Ingram. Joining them is Hellen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) as barrister Sonia Woodley QC while Aisling Bea plays ITV Entertainment Commissioner, Claudia Rosencrantz.
While we’re yet to know the exact air date, we do know to expect it on our screens sometime in April, so there’s not long to wait to watch this exciting drama unfold. Until then, we have the trailer above to whet our appetites.