Matthew MacFayden bursts into song as Major Charles Ingram as he stars in Quiz, ITV’s three-part adaption of the real-life Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal.
The Major was one of the rare contestants to scoop the £1 million prize on the gameshow in 2001, but was subsequently arrested following claims he cheated.
Accusations were levied that someone had been planted in the audience to help Charles – he would read each answer to a question aloud, and the plant would ‘cough’ on the correct answer, ensuring his victory.
Now, in a new clip of the drama shown exclusively on Metro.co.uk, viewers can get a first taste of the zany Army major as he bursts into a rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan with his commanding officer.
Charles can be seen discussing with his superior what made him join him the army, despite his parents’ careers being very far away from it, with his mother designing sets for plays.
‘It’s away from the limelight,’ he explains. ‘The uniform anonymises you and puts you in the service of something else. Something greater.’
We’re sure the irony that Charles was about to become a national talking-point isn’t lost on us, no?
‘Still,’ his boss says. ‘Doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy a bit of the old theatrical razzmatazz, eh?’
They both then burst into a rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Major-General Song, because why not?
Previously, the writer of the new show had also revealed that the real-life Charles and his wife Diana were ‘happy’ that the new drama helps to raise new questions over the scandal.
‘We spoke to everybody [involved],’ Scribe Graham said. ‘We deliberately engaged with them very early on.’
The couple are played by Spooks star Matthew MacFadyen and Fleabag’s Sian Clifford, with the role of Chris Tarrant being taken on by Michael Sheen.
Graham continued: ‘We invited them on to the set, they met Sian and Matthew.
‘I think, I hope, that since we are raising the possibility that all is not as it seems, they seem quite pleased that this conversation is being had.’
Following a lengthy trial, Charles and Diana were eventually convicted on a single count of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception.
They both served a two-year suspended prison sentence alongside co-defendant Tecwen Whittock and ordered to pay around £115,000.
Quiz starts Monday 13 April at 9pm on ITV.
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