After the scene shocked viewers of ITV's Quiz last night, Charles Ingram has confirmed that it was his cat - not his dog - that was actually shot in the aftermath of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire cheating scandal.
Those tuning into the series, which dramatises events from 2001 during which Charles Ingram, his wife, Diana, and an accomplice called Tecwen Whittock were found to have cheated to win the £1m jackpot on the Chris Tarrant fronted TV show.
Producers of the show noticed that they could hear coughing during the reading of the correct answers. All three were eventually found guilty of conspiring to cheat to win the prize money.
Anyway, one scene that caused particular distress amongst viewers showed Diana and the Ingram's children returning to their house to find blood on the floor, which turned out to be from their dog, Buffy, who had been shot by an air gun.
Now, Ingram has confirmed on Twitter that the events actually happened, but Buffy was a cat, not a dog.
Mercifully, in real life, the cat survived.
After a fan put the question of the dead dog to the disgraced army Major, he responded: "Cat. She was shot by an air gun. Buffy did survive, after an operation."
He went on to clarify that the show's writer James Graham 'probably didn't know that she had survived'.
As for the show itself, it seems as if the major has rather enjoyed being thrust back into the spotlight. He called the drama 'terrifyingly accurate' and said that it was 'excruciatingly enjoyable'.
However, he did reserve some criticism for Tarrant, who presented the hugely popular show. Tarrant had said that the Ingrams are 'guilty as sin' and argued: "I don't think it [the show] ever really needed to be made.
"Somebody has got to redress the balance and remind everyone the major actually is a crook and was found guilty by a jury."
In response to that, Ingram said: "Tarrant wants to protect his legacy, his team, and the integrity of the UK production. I get that, but there is the more important issue of justice."
He also accused Tarrant of showing 'no responsibility towards the people who apply and appear on the show'.
He added: "He suffers from delusions of grandeur and despite no proof I cheated he keeps harping on to protect his mates. I'm sad for him.
"I'm still calm."
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