Matthew Macfadyen (Succession), Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and Michael Sheen (Good Omens, Masters of Sex), star in the highly-anticipated series Quiz, premiering on BBC First from June 24.
The series tells the story of the real-life ‘coughing Major’ scandal which hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2001 when Major Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on what was the most popular game show on earth.
When television producer Paul Smith puts everything on the line to make ITV quiz show and overnight sensation Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, one family’s much loved pub-quiz hobby turns into outright obsession. As the family’s attempts to win the ultimate prize fall short, all eyes turn to an unsuspecting Major Charles Ingram to take his turn in the coveted hotseat. While his first night on the show is a disaster, on the second, he is a brand new man with a brand new strategy. The audience on the edge of their seats, Charles dithers and about-turns all the way up the question ladder while an increasingly suspicious production team launch an investigation that will lead them to an incriminating pattern of coughs in the studio audience. Charged with fraud and persecuted by the public and press Charles, his wife Diana and the alleged cougher head to court. At first, it seems the trial is a fait accompli, but as the case for the defence gets underway, the jury learn there is far more to the story than they know.
The three-part series is adapted from a West-End play of the same name by playwright and screenwriter James Graham. Matthew Macfadyen plays Major Charles Ingram, Sian Cifford is Diana Ingram and Michael Sheen plays game show host Chris Tarrant. The series drew huge audiences in the UK, screening to 10 million viewers.
Quiz is a Left Bank Pictures co-production for ITV and AMC and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.