Noel Coward Theatre, London

James Graham’s Quiz to be adapted for three-part ITV series


James Graham’s play Quiz, which delves into the infamous Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal, is set to be adapted into a three-part television series for ITV and American channel AMC.

The play, which premiered in Chichester in 2017 before transferring to the West End last year, told both sides of the case of Charles Ingram, who was accused of cheating his way to the top prize on the show with the assistance of two coughing accomplices.

Stephen Frears will direct the drama, which will star Matthew Macfayden as Charles Ingram, Sian Clifford as wife Diana Ingram, and Michael Sheen as the show’s presenter Chris Tarrant.

The cast also includes Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory, Michael Jibson and Aisling Bea.

It will be the first of Graham’s plays to be adapted for the screen, although he has previously written the TV films Coalition and Brexit: The Uncivil War, while his play The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse – which was set at a polling station during the last 90 minutes of voting of the 2015 election – was broadcast on More4 during the final 90 minutes of the 2015 election.

Announcing 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?”

Filming for Quiz is currently taking place in London, with a broadcast date yet to be announced.

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