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​Chris Tarrant Says There Is 'No Question' Charles Ingram Was Guilty As ITV's Quiz Airs Tonight

​Chris Tarrant Says There Is 'No Question' Charles Ingram Was Guilty As ITV's Quiz Airs Tonight

Three-part series Quiz begins this evening on ITV, ready to explore how Who Wants to be a Millionaire contestants Charles and Diana Ingram were embroiled in a cheating scandal back in 2001.

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But it seems Chris Tarrant, who hosted the quiz show at the time of the now-infamous coughing fiasco, has already made his mind up about the Ingrams, saying he thinks there is 'no question' they were guilty.

Back in 2001, Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice called Tecwen Whittock - who was sitting in the audience - were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on what was the most popular game show on earth.

The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple choice questions posed to Charles by host Chris Tarrant.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Speaking to The Mirror ahead of the ITV series' first episode tonight, Tarrant said: "There is no question that the Ingrams were guilty as sin."

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Tarrant, 73, also said of the new programme: "I don't think it 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."

Michael Sheen stars as Chris Tarrant in the show. Credit: ITV
Michael Sheen stars as Chris Tarrant in the show. Credit: ITV

Of course, you'll be able to make your own mind up about what happened when Quiz kicks off this evening, starring Matthew Macfadyen as Major Charles Ingram, Michael Sheen as TV presenter Chris Tarrant, Sian Clifford as Diana Ingram, Mark Bonnar as Celador Television Chairman Paul Smith, Helen McCrory as Sonia Woodley QC, Michael Jibson as TecwenWhittock and Aisling Bea as ITV Entertainment Commissioner Claudia Rosencrantz.

Polly Hill, Head of Drama for ITV, 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."

The first episode of Quiz airs tonight (Monday 13 April) on ITV at 9pm. The second and third episodes will air across two consecutive evenings on Tuesday 14 April and Wednesday 15 April.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, who wants to be a millionaire, UK Entertainment

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]