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The best television in April 2020—A Russian Spy Story and BBC Four’s Art Mysteries

Plus ITV's Quiz, a retelling of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal of 2001

By Chris Harvey   April 2020

EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON Friday the 15th November. ITV QUIZ First Look at Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in ‘Quiz’ coming to ITV and AMC next year Quiz tells the extraordinary and sensational story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an ‘audacious heist’ on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram, his wife Diana and an 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 host, Chris Tarrant. The image recreates the famous shot of Tarrant arriving to give evidence a the Ingram trial at Southwark Crown Court in March 2003 which will be seen in the drama. The three-part drama is Directed by globally renowned director, Stephen Frears (A Very English Scandal, Florence Foster Jenkins, Philomena, The Queen) and written by playwright, James Graham, (Brexit: An Uncivil War, Ink, This House, Labour of Love). Matthew Macfadyen stars 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 Tecwen Whittock and Aisling Bea as ITV Entertainment Commissioner, Claudia Rosencrantz. Quiz is a Left Bank Pictures co-production for ITV and AMC and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Pictured: MICHAEL SHEEN as Chris Tarrant. Photographer:Matt Frost This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on For further information please contact: 0207 1573044

Putin: A Russian Spy Story, Channel 4, 23rd March

Promised as the definitive account of how Vladimir Putin’s power has changed the modern world, this three-part documentary filmed across Russia, America, Europe and the UK intends to show how the former KGB operative has used his knowledge of spy-craft during his 20 years as Russian president. It also shows how other leaders have followed the Putin playbook. Perhaps inevitably, it’s still under wraps, but it’s one worth noting in the diary.


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