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Very intresting show, that shines a whole new light on wheather or not they did this coughing cheating thing. I Think they probably did do it, personally, but only meant to go so far, but went too far, but this show presents differing aspects & I'm suprised ITV made & screened it as it kinda shows them up to be bias against the major & the whole cheating episode. Michael Sheen shines as Chris Tarrent and all the cast are great & It show hows this ruined their lives too, the noteriety caused the jibes and abuse they recieved. It's very interesting and originally I thought It would be a pointless drama but it's not.
Quiz DVD - A Great Insight Into The Conning Git Who Was Major Charles Ingram How Could Anyone Go So Low To Win £1 Million Pounds On Television Chris Tarrant & The Team Missed A Golden Opportunity There They Should Have Played A Sting Before The Cheque Was Handed Over Like The Late Great Cillia Black Played On Her Blind Date With That Girl Who Went On The Date With The Poor Guy Then Was Exposed Live On Air Was Working Undercover For Cosmopolitan Women's Magazine They Should Have Waited For When The £1 Million Pound Cheque Was Ready For Handing Over Then Chris Tarrant Should Have Said Live On Air "We Don't Want To Give You That You Cheating Lying Bastard" That Would Have Put The Major's Gas At A Peek Enough Said
A recreation (with a fair amount of dramatic licence taken) of the UK Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? scandal.
It's fun to watch, if a little melodramatic at times. It makes a good counterpoint to the book, Bad Show. The book contained exquisite detail of (i) how the show ripped off would-be contestants by requiring premium-rate phone-calls which had little chance of success and (ii) how vulnerable the show was to a co-ordinated counterattack. These issues are somewhat glossed over in the docudrama.
On the other hand, the book's weakness was an ineloquent and conspicuously biased attempt to claim the innocence of the three convicted cheats. This docudrama is much more nuanced and is all the better for that. The defendants' counsel comes across as a sort of modern-day Portia and is effective in making the viewer wonder whether or not the prosecution's case was proven 'beyond reasonable doubt.'
I'm not sure I shall rush back to watch this again, but it passed a pleasant evening.