ITV shares first trailer for Millionaire cheating scandal drama Quiz

The series, starring Michael Sheen as host Chris Tarrant, focuses on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? cheating scandal.

ITV has released a trailer and new pictures for its upcoming three-part drama Quiz.

It follows Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana, who cheated their way to winning the jackpot on the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Alongside college lecturer Tecwen Whittock, the three worked together to strategically cough during the show’s recording, to signify which of the four multiple choice answers was the correct one.

After being caught, they stood trial in 2003 and were found guilty of cheating to win £1million.

As well as the first-look images, ITV shared a trailer for Quiz to give audience members a taste of what’s coming.

The trailer mainly takes place in the Who Wants to be a Millionaire studio, where Charles Ingram (ex Spooks star Matthew Macfadyen) takes to the hotseat.

Host Chris Tarrant (Michael Sheen) sits across him in the other chair, whilst Ingram’s wife Diana (Vanity Fair’s Sian Clifford) is shown in the audience.

We also see the aftermath of the episode, where The Ingrams are accused of cheating on the iconic quiz show.

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Michael Sheen and Matthew Macfadyen as Chris Tarrant and Major Charles Ingram.

Speaking about the new drama, which has been adapted from the hugely popular play, writer James Graham said, “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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Matthew Macfadyen plays the man in the hotseat, Major Charles Ingram.

ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill, “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.”

The Ingrams in the new drama facing the press

Alongside the three main cast members, Quiz has a star-studded cast to tell the fascinating story of how three people cheated their way to £1 million.

Michael Jibson stars as accomplice Tecwen Whittock, and Celador Television Chairman Paul Smith is played by Line of Duty star Mark Bonnar.

ITV Entertainment Commissioner Claudia Rosencrantz will be played by Aisling Bea, who has recently starred in Netflix series Living with Yourself.

Quiz will air on ITV1 in April, with a confirmed release date to follow.

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