Back in the early Noughties, the popular gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was rocked by a thoroughly English heist — and it all started with a cough.
Now ITV has dramatised the crime and the ensuing court case, with an all-star cast including Matthew Macfadyen and Michael Sheen set to air this spring.
Here’s everything you need to know about Quiz…
When is Quiz on TV?
CONFIRMED: The three-part series will begin Monday 13th April at 9pm on ITV.
It will be stripped across the week, with the first episode on Easter Monday, episode two on Tuesday 14th April at 9pm, and episode three on Wednesday 15th April at 9pm.
- Our four-star Quiz review – “Coughing Major drama is Ocean’s 11 meets middle-class Wiltshire”
Is there a trailer for Quiz?
There is! Check out what we can expect from the upcoming series in the first look trailer below.
What is Quiz about?
To recap: in the early 2000s, Major Charles Ingram, his wife Diana and accomplice Tecwen Whittock managed to dupe the gameshow’s audience, executives and host Chris Tarrant by cheating their way to winning one million pounds.
The Ingrams were later found guilty of “procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception” in 2003, and were given two years suspended sentences and asked to pay £115,000 (including legal fees), after the prosecution suggested that Diana and Tecwen helped Charles win by coughing to indicate the correct answers.
But questions still remain about whether they really did cheat, after all.
“I was gripped by this story over 15 years ago, and I’m still gripped now,” Graham said. “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?”
ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill, who commissioned the series, said: “I am delighted to be bringing James Graham’s wonderful play Quiz to screen on ITV. It’s testament to James’ brilliant scripts that Stephen Frears is directing, which together with Left Bank Pictures producing, promises to deliver a very special drama.
“It’s an extraordinary and thoroughly British story and is going to be a real treat for our audience.”
Who stars in Quiz?
Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Succession) will play Major Charles Ingram, while Fleabag star Sian Clifford will portray Diana.
Fans got a first glimpse of Sheen as the quizmaster in November, complete with his strawberry blonde hair.
Also joining the cast are Mark Bonnar (Humans), Michael Jibson (Les Miserables) and Aisling Bea (This Way Up), portraying Celador’s Television Chairman Paul Smith, Whittock and ITV Entertainment Commissioner Claudia Rosencrantz respectively.