or


[08/16/19 - 05:33 AM]
AMC Commissions Three Part Drama "Quiz," Directed by Stephen Frears and Produced by Left Bank Pictures
The project stars Matthew Macfadyen, Michael Sheen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory, Michael Jibson and Aisling Bea.

[via press release from AMC]

MATTHEW MACFADYEN, MICHAEL SHEEN, HELEN MCCRORY AND SIAN CLIFFORD STAR IN QUIZ A THREE PART DRAMA DIRECTED BY STEPHEN FREARS WRITTEN BY JAMES GRAHAM AND PRODUCED BY LEFT BANK PICTURES FOR AMC AND ITV

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? is to be told in a three-part drama, Quiz announced AMC and ITV today.

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.

Directed by globally renowned director, Stephen Frears (A Very English Scandal, Florence Foster Jenkins, Philomena, The Queen) Quiz stars Matthew Macfadyen 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.

The drama is written by playwright, James Graham, (Brexit: An Uncivil War, Ink, This House, Labour of Love) and will be produced by leading international production company, 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). ITV's Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has commissioned the series.

Commented Polly Hill: "I am delighted to be bringing James Graham's wonderful play Quiz to screen on ITV. It's testament to James' brilliant scripts that Stephen Frears is directing, which together with Left Bank Pictures producing, promises to deliver a very special drama. It's an extraordinary and thoroughly British story and is going to be a real treat for our audience."

Sarah Barnett, President of the Entertainment Networks Group at AMC Networks said: "If this tale was invented you'd think it too preposterous - the fact that it is true, and told so brilliantly, makes for an unmissable 3-part TV event that will entertain and enthrall Americans audiences every bit as much as their British counterparts. Quiz has the most remarkable bunch of talented people attached both in front of and behind the camera, and we, at AMC, are delighted to be part of it."

Quiz gives an insight into what went on behind the scenes as Celador Television Chairman, Paul Smith and one of the show's creators, David Briggs, originally pitched the idea of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to ITV's newly installed Director of Programmes, David Liddiment.

First airing September 1998, Millionaire fever voraciously gripped the nation with viewers avidly dialling the hotline to win a place on the show which ITV stripped nightly across its schedule to ramp up the excitement.

Based in a sleepy Wiltshire village, Charles and Diana Ingram were amongst those who became fixated with appearing on the popular quiz show, which in its heyday attracted audiences of 19 million viewers to ITV.

Their obsession and fascination with the format led to multiple attempts to appear on the show for both Charles and Diana and led to the infamous 'Coughing Major' appearance on 9 September 2001, which has sensationally gone down in television folklore.

A subsequent documentary Millionaire: A Major Fraud, fronted by Martin Bashir, followed in 2003 attracted 17 million viewers, setting a new record for a factual programme on ITV.

James Graham has successfully 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.

James Graham said: "I was gripped by this story over 15 years ago, and I'm still gripped now. It's a very English heist. 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?"

Andy Harries said: "This is a uniquely British story, as relevant and funny today as it was 18 years ago because the brilliance of James Graham's writing and his insight into British cultural life. And no one directs this sort of story better than Stephen Frears." Quiz is a Left Bank Pictures co-production for AMC and ITV and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television, which also owns and distributes Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? worldwide. Produced by Alice Pearse (Origin, Gregor), and executive produced by Dan Winch (A Very English Scandal, Broadchurch), William Village, James Graham, Stephen Frears and Left Bank CEO, Andy Harries.

Filming is currently underway in London.





  [august 2019]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· QUIZ (AMC)





[04/22/21 - 03:30 PM]
Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis to Join 93rd Oscars(R) Cast
Ahmed and Davis round out the previously announced lineup that includes Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

[04/22/21 - 01:52 PM]
Sofia Alvarez to Adapt and Direct "Along for the Ride;" Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli to Star in Lead Roles
The Netfilx film is based on the YA novel of the same name from New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen.

[04/22/21 - 01:08 PM]
Spectrum Originals to Debut Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Nominated Team Robert and Michelle King's Series "The Bite" on May 21
The six-episode series follows the lives of two neighbors Rachel (Audra McDonald) and Lily (Taylor Schilling) as they embark on unprecedented times when a deadly new strain of a virus arrives.

[04/22/21 - 11:35 AM]
Video: "Stuck with You" - Season 2 - Official Trailer - An ALLBLK Original Series
The series returns to the streaming service on Thursday, May 6.

[04/22/21 - 11:02 AM]
Netflix Teams Up with Bubba Wallace for Documentary Series
The series follows NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace as he competes for the newly formed 23XI Racing team.

[04/22/21 - 11:01 AM]
Angelina Jolie in "Those Who Wish Me Dead," "Tenet," "In Treatment," New Dark Comedy Series "Hacks" and "Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Together Again" Arrive on HBO Max This May
Also on tap are a new season of "Gomorrah" and the Andrew Scott/Ruth Wilson-led film "Oslo."

[04/22/21 - 11:01 AM]
Bravo's "Summer House" Two-Part Reunion Begins Thursday, April 29th at 9:15 PM ET/PT
Host Andy Cohen sits down with Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula, Lindsay Hubbard, Danielle Olivera, Carl Radke, Hannah Berner, Paige DeSorbo, Luke Gulbranson, and season newcomer Ciara Miller.

[04/22/21 - 10:02 AM]
Kouvr Annon, Nikita Dragun, Sienna Mae Gomez, Chase Hudson, Larri Merritt, Thomas Petrou, Alex Warren, and Jack Wright - a.k.a Hype House - Will Star in a New Unscripted Series for Netflix
The series will reveal a side of themselves (and their relationships) that we rarely see.

[04/22/21 - 10:01 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Masked Singer" Expands to Victory for FOX
A full night of the reality competition puts the network on top in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[04/22/21 - 09:03 AM]
Angie Harmon Joins New Lifetime Unscripted Series "Cellmate Secrets" Debuting Fridays During Network's First Annual "Summer of Secrets" Following Enhanced Versions of Lifetime Original Movies
The series reveals new insights and information as former friends, guards, cellmates and lovers give first-hand accounts of their time with the famed felons and defendants.

[04/22/21 - 09:00 AM]
HBO Max Orders Docuseries "Take Out," Chronicling the Cultural Contributions and Unique Stories of Asian Restaurants from Award-Winning Journalist Lisa Ling
The six-part series follows Ling as she takes viewers behind the counter and into the lives of the people and families who run some of America's over 45,000 Asian restaurants.

[04/22/21 - 09:00 AM]
Disney Channel Announces One Night Only Season One Marathon of Disney+ Original Series, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," on Saturday, May 8
The break-free, one-time-only marathon will also feature sneak peeks of season two, a new musical number performed by Nini and Ricky, special messages from and fun facts about the cast, fan-favorite "Buspool Karaoke" music videos and much more.

[04/22/21 - 08:54 AM]
Annie Murphy Returns to Television in the Groundbreaking New Series "Kevin Can F**k Himself" Sunday, June 13 on AMC+ and Sunday, June 20 on AMC
The remaining episodes will continue to debut on AMC+ one week ahead of the AMC linear airings on Sundays at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/22/21 - 08:00 AM]
The 90 Day Universe Sizzles with New Series, "90 Day: Foody Call" Streaming on discovery+ May 29
Expect a dash of sass and a lot of fun when couples from the franchise invite you into their kitchens and dish on recipes for relationship success, all while preparing traditional meals from their home countries.

[04/22/21 - 07:00 AM]
Video: "Fathom" - Official Trailer - Apple TV+
Watch as Dr. Michelle Fournet and Dr. Ellen Garland journey to opposite hemispheres on an undertaking as colossal as their humpback whale subjects - deciphering the complex communication of whales to uncover a culture in the oceans older than humankind.