Series 1 / Episode 2
Tuesday 14 April 2020
Written by James Graham
Directed by Stephen Frears
Series Producer: Alice Pearse
Executive Producer: Andy Harries
Executive Producer: James Graham
Executive Producer: Dan Winch
Executive Producer: William Village
Executive Producer: Stephen Frears
At last, it is Major Charles Ingram’s turn in the hallowed Who Wants To Be A Millionaire hotseat.
The first night is disastrous. Two lifelines down when the buzzer goes, Diana determines that they need a new strategy. It is only when Tecwen Whittock, a fellow quiz-fanatic and acquaintance of Adrian and Diana, develops a cough in the audience the following night, that Major Charles Ingram’s fortunes begin to change.
As Charles stumbles and about-turns his way to a million, the production team grow suspicious - is this man a genius or a cheat?
Sure enough their suspicions lead them to a damning a pattern of coughs on the studio recording and The Ingrams are arrested.
Charles returns for a second night in the hot seat with a new strategy.
After his previously hopeless performance, he proves massively successful, his dithering answers invariably turning out to be right.
However, the production team find his sudden change of fortunes suspicious, and begin looking into an unusual pattern of coughing from the studio audience.
Matthew MacFadyen as Major Charles Ingram
Sian Clifford as Diana Ingram
Michael Jibson as Tecwen Whittock
Jasmyn Banks as Nicola Howson
Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant
Aisling Bea as Claudia Rosencrantz
Mark Bonnar as Paul Smith
Scott Handy as Larry Whitehurst
Andrew Leung as Kevin Duff
Paul Bazely as Lionel From Legal
Seraphina Beh as Ruth Settle
Trystan Gravelle as Adrian Pollock
Helen McCrory as Sonia Woodley QC
Elliot Levey as David Briggs
Risteárd Cooper as David Liddiment
Martin Trenaman as DS Ferguson
Maggie Service as Kerry The Floor Manager
Dean Nolan as Glitter Man
Matt Butcher as Contestant Next To Tecwen Whittock
Patrick Philpott as Intern
Andy Gibson for The TV Chronicle