This Wednesday evening at 9:05 pm, TF1 broadcasts “Quiz” an English mini-series in 3 episodes, which follows Charles Ingram, a man accused of having cheated in “Who wants to win millions”. Did you know that it is based on a true story?
TF1 is broadcasting this Wednesday evening from 9:05 pm Quiz, a British mini-series in 3 episodes inspired by an incredible true story that took place on the set of the English “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” which had made the heyday of the tabloids.
Charles Ingram, candidate of the show, would indeed have conspired with his wife, and another player, Tecwan Whittock in order to win the jackpot. According to the accusations, the two accomplices were strangely seized with a coughing fit just as Charles said the correct answer aloud. Back on this incredible story.
It is September 9, 2001. Charles Ingram, former soldier of the British Army, participates in the game “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”. His wife, Diana, and his brother, Adrian Pollock have both been on the show before him and have each won £ 32,000.
At the end of the first day of filming, Charles is earning £ 4,000 with only one wild card at his disposal, the 50/50, which greatly compromises his chances of reaching the million mark. But against all odds, the 38-year-old creates a surprise by winning the jackpot, despite erratic and hesitant answers.
Only days after this surprisingly surprising victory, however, the show’s production company decided to suspend payment of the winnings after receiving allegations of irregularities.
It was a sound engineer working on the show who noticed that there was a strange correlation between coughing noises in the audience and Charles’s responses.
Another member of the team also said he heard the soldier arguing loudly with his wife within minutes of his victory. Facts which added to the very strange behavior of the candidate during the show.
Charles Ingram’s trial began in March 2003. During his testimony, he said he was able to answer all the answers correctly because he was always a very good student. He also explains that he didn’t notice that someone was coughing in the audience as he passed by being too focused on the game.
As for the ramblings which greatly disturbed the presenter, he assures that it was a tactic not to see his thought process disturbed by the comments of Chris Tarrant, the English Jean-Pierre Foucault.
After 4 weeks of trial, Charles Ingram and his wife Diana, as well as their accomplice Tecwan Whittock, were found guilty of fraud by the British justice and sentenced to 18 months in prison, as well as a fine of 30,000 books.
They still claim to this day their innocence. The show, meanwhile, has never been aired but extracts are circulating on the internet as you can see below.
Find the 3 Quiz episodes tonight from 9:05 pm on TF1. The season is already available in preview on Salto.