ITV Reveals “First Look” At Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ Drama ‘Quiz’
ITV has today released a “first look” photo of the amazing Michael Sheen in their upcoming ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ drama ‘Quiz’, which tells the extraordinary and sensational story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an “audacious heist” on the series.
Major Ingram, his wife Diana, and accomplice 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 in 2001. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by the host, Chris Tarrant.
The image (above) recreates the famous shot of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ host Chris Tarrant arriving to give evidence a the Ingram trial at Southwark Crown Court in March 2003 which will be seen in the drama.
Directed by globally renowned director, Stephen Frears (‘A Very English Scandal’, ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’, ‘Philomena’, ‘The Queen’) Quiz sees Matthew Macfadyen (‘Ripper Street’, ‘Spooks’) play Major Charles Ingram, with Sheen (‘Good Omens’, ‘The Queen’) taking on yet another real-life character, as Tarrant. Sian Clifford (‘Fleabag’, ‘Vanity Fair’) will star as Diana Ingram, with Mark Bonnar (‘Shetland’, ‘Humans’) as Celador Television Chairman Paul Smith, Helen McCrory (‘Peaky Blinders’) as Sonia Woodley QC, Michael Jibson (‘Les Misérables’, ‘Hatfields & McCoys’) as Tecwen Whittock, and Aisling Bea (‘This Way Up’, ‘The Fall’) as ITV Entertainment Commissioner Claudia Rosencrantz.
The drama is written by playwright, James Graham (‘Brexit: An Uncivil War’, ‘This House’) and will be produced by Left Bank Pictures, whose chief executive officer and co-founder is former Head of ITV Comedy and Drama, Andy Harries (‘The Crown’, ‘Wallander’, ‘Strike Back’).
James Graham has adapted ‘Quiz’ for ITV from the critically acclaimed, Oliver-nominated play of the same title commissioned by William Village, which premiered in Chichester in 2017 before transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End in 2018 and played to packed houses. Olivier award-winning James has also written numerous television dramas including ‘Coalition’ and ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’. His theatre includes the hit Westminster play ‘This House’, and ‘Ink’ about Rupert Murdoch, nominated for a Tony on Broadway this year.
“I was gripped by this story over 15 years ago, and I’m still gripped now. It’s a very English heist,” said Graham. “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 has not given a premiere date yet for ‘Quiz’, but filming is currently underway in London.
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