Charles Ingram Wants Another Go At Who Wants To Be A Millionaire For Twice The Money
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Charles Ingram, the ex-army Major at the centre of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheating scandal dramatised in ITV's Quiz, has said he'd love a second go at the game for double the money.
The 56-year-old who, alongside his wife Diana and accomplice Tecwen Whittock, was found guilty of conspiring to cheat to win the £1m ($1.25m) jackpot on the show in 2001, responded to Westlife singer Brian McFadden saying he'd love a rematch to see if he could legitimately take home the cash.
The 40-year-old singer tweeted after watching the TV programme, writing: "Give him [Ingram] another chance on the show without a randomly picked audience.
"See how he does. Now that would be quality television!!!! Charles v millionaire. The re-match."
Given the way the first one ended, there's very little chance of this happening. He's right though, it would make for a compelling watch.
At least we know Ingram is up for it, he responded: "Throw in an independent adjudicator for questions and it's game on. Someone suggested doubling the money too..."
Throw in an independent adjudicator for questions and it's game on. Someone suggested doubling the money too...- Charles Ingram (@gallantfive) April 17, 2020
Admittedly, Who Wants TWO Be a Millionaire? practically writes itself. Move over, Eddie Hearn.
Despite that, ITV is as likely to commission this show as they are to sack Ant and Dec. It's not going to happen, basically.
So, we'll just have make do with the memories, and - of course - the new drama show starring Michael Sheen, Sian Clifford and Matthew Macfadyen.
Incidentally, while this was going on, Ingram also asked folks to 'keep an open mind' about the conviction.
When one Twitter user said they thought Ingram and his fellow convicts could be innocent because they 'turned down a fortune', he responded: "...and a trip to Oprah in US. But sadly the producer I spoke to on the phone said it required me to say that I cheated."
Then, he added: "Consider the chain of evidence and rule of law, both very important in justice and democracy, and what should happen to those that subvert them.
"All I ask is that you keep an open mind for a while longer.
"People rightly believe the 'quality' if you like, of the evidence matters. Historically in British justice it is always the low quality/low threshold convictions that are later overturned. If the evidence changes I hope you will reconsider."
One person who isn't in two minds about the Ingrams is Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant. He recently said there is 'no doubt in his mind' that Ingram and his accomplices are guilty.
Speaking to Radio X, Tarrant added: "It's was very well made wasn't it? It was actually very well done but it is a drama, it's not factual.
"So most of those conversations were made up because that's what playwrights do. I mean the bottom line is he's a rotter and a cad and a bandit and he was guilty. No question in my mind at all that he was guilty!"