Helen McCrory has revealed that she thinks the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is possible? the convicted quiz cheaters could be innocent.
The 51-year-old actress, who plays the show’s quiz based on the case, said there were unanswered questions about Major Charles Ingram who won the show in 2001 after Tecwen Whittock would have coughed if he had said a correct answer.
Speaking to The Mirror, Helen said, “The fact that a lot of people at the time didn’t hear the cough … Chris Tarrant didn’t hear the cough, the person sitting opposite didn’t hear cough, people either side didn’t hear the cough, but for some reason it [Charles Ingram] heard the cough – really?
Interview: Helen McCrory, 51, revealed she thinks Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is possible? guilty quiz cheaters could be innocent
Even though she admits it could have been a set-up, Helen, who plays Sonia Woodley QC, the lawyer who defended the Ingrams case, admitted that she also thought her possible Ingram was innocent.
She said, “Now, for some reason, maybe he did. Maybe it was a full installation, or maybe not. You’re just looking for a truth.
“You see these two innocent people entering the gladiators’ lair, and at the same time, we all know that these are just magic boxes – they are lights, smoke and mirrors. “
The quiz documents Charles and Diana Ingram’s plot to try to trick their way to the millionaire’s first prize in 2001 with the help of candidate Tecwen Whittock, who is coughing to indicate the correct answer.
Drama: Helen said there were still unanswered questions about Major Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfayden) who won the show in 2001 after Tecwen Whittock coughed if he said a correct answer
A recent clip shows Charles (played by Matthew Macfayden) trying to answer the £ 32,000 question, asking which artist released an album title Born To Do It in 2000.
The four options are Coldplay, Toploader, A1 and Craig David (the correct answer), and the question leaves Major and Whittock (Michael Jibson) puzzled.
While The Major hesitates on the matter, watching the producers still doesn’t seem to have noticed that he was getting help, including David Briggs from Celador, who is told by a member of the Ingram team, it’s like “A different man”.
Give the game? A preview of the show features Diana Ingram (played by Sian Clifford) almost exposing their plan in the question at £ 32,000 as she tries to uncover the answer by coughing (right photo in real life)
Support: Helen plays Sonia Woodley QC, the lawyer who defended the Ingrams case
Clearly worried that her husband could expose their plan, Diana (Sian Clifford) continues to turn to Whittock in Winners Row.
Still clueless, Ingram asks host Chris Tarrant (Michael Sheen) to use his last lifeline 50:50, leaving him only two answers to choose between A1 and Craig David.
He said to Chris, “It’s not easier, do you know what I think I’m going to go, I’m going to go for A1. “
Worried that her husband might blow their winnings, Diana grabs her microphone and tries to cough to get her husband’s attention, triggering a dramatic turnaround from the Major with his response.
The man with all the answers: Tecwen Whittock is played by Michael Jibson in the drama. Participating in the show, he revealed the right answers by coughing
Although he said a few seconds earlier that he had “never heard of” Craig David, the major said to Chris, “When I’m at home and training, I guess it’s is wrong 80% of the time, so I think I’ll go with Craig David. ‘
The dramatic change in response catches the attention of producers and even Chris’s host, but still locks the response.
The presenter explains to viewers that Charles went with the answer despite the fact that he had “never heard of” Craig David, and that he ultimately lost the major’s point of view with his answer.
But it’s still correct, which means the major now has £ 32,000, although it appears his behavior has caught the attention of the show staff, setting the stage for his plan to be revealed.
Busted: The “major cough” scandal made national headlines in 2001 when Ingram (photo right in real life) was exposed for cheating his way to the top prize
Actor Matthew spoke of the drama in an interview with The Mirror, and despite Ingram’s crimes, he said he believed the couple had suffered enough and that their lives were “totally ruined” by the scandal.
He said, “Whether they are guilty or not, I don’t think they deserve the consequences that followed.
“Their pets were attacked, people spit on Charles, they had to move out and he lost his job in the military.
“It was quite difficult for them. It’s like they’ve suffered disproportionately. It’s a game show. No one died.
You’ve exploded: the three-part drama will also show that the Ingrams will ultimately be tried for the crime, thinking they were continually protesting their innocence
The quiz is based on a play about the scandal written by James Graham, which was adapted for film with the help of The Queen director Stephen Frears.
Charles and Tecwen formed the plan after Ingram struggled to just £ 4,000 in the first show, and had to use two of his lifelines to get there.
The coughs would not have been heard by viewers at home watching the show (which was never broadcast outside during a documentary on ITV) because the majority of the sound was focused on the warm seat.
Joyful moment: in the original show, Ingram reached first prize, but at this point the producers were convinced that he had cheated
Ingram finally reached the top prize with Whittock’s help, but even then many of the crew were convinced that he had cheated, and even before announcing that he had won the top prize, the producers threatened to stop filming after calling the head of Celador. with their claims.
Throughout their trial and in its constitution, Charles and Diana repeatedly insisted that they did not cheat, even when they were found guilty of deception.
Chris testified against Charles at his trial and said in the documentary that he was amazed when he learned of the crime of the ITV team members.
Shocked: Tarrant was delighted to see Ingram pick up the million dollar question, completely unaware that he had cheated
After a four-week trial in a Crown court in 2003, Charles and Diana were found guilty of deception and Ingram was given a suspended 20-month prison sentence.
His two accomplices were sentenced to 18 months suspended prison sentence for their participation in the scam.
The quiz begins on Monday April 13 and will be broadcast over three nights at 9 p.m. on ITV.
Nicked: After a four-week trial in Crown Court in 2003, Charles and Diana (depicted in the drama) were found guilty of deception and Ingram was given a suspended 20-month prison sentence