Chris Tarrant's son Toby hails Michael Sheen's 'brilliant' performance in 'Quiz'

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read
Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in 'Quiz'. (ITV)
Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in 'Quiz'. (ITV)

Chris Tarrant’s son Toby has hailed Michael Sheen’s portrayal of his dad in Quiz.

The Welsh actor is playing the gameshow host in the new ITV drama, which tells the story of the infamous Major Charles Ingram coughing scandal on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Radio X DJ Toby, 28, tweeted: “Really enjoyed #Quiz tonight, looking forward to the rest of it @michaelsheen as expected is brilliant as Dad...

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He quipped: “To be fair, he's so good he'd probably be convincing as my Norwegian auntie Tina.”

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The Good Omens actor has made a name for himself playing recognisable British stars on screen having portrayed Tony Blair (The Deal/The Queen/The Special Relationship), Kenneth Williams (Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!), David Frost (Frost/Nixon), and Brian Clough (The Damned United).

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Chris Tarrant attends the Arqiva Commercial Radion Awards at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on July 3, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
Chris Tarrant hosted 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' from 1998 to 2013. (PA)

Sheen stars as Chris Tarrant in the three-part drama about Major Ingram and his wife Diana’s attempts to cheat the popular TV quiz in 2001. They took home the jackpot after planting friend Tecwen Whittock in the audience so he could cough when Ingram read out the correct answers.

Spooks star Matthew McFadyen is playing Major Ingram and Fleabag’s Sian Clifford will appear as his wife. The drama, directed by ward-winning filmmaker Stephen Frears, also stars Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory will also be in the series as the Ingram’s lawyer Sonia Woodley QC.

Matthew MacFadyen and Sian Clifford as Charles and Diana Ingram in 'Quiz'. (ITV)
Matthew MacFadyen and Sian Clifford as Charles and Diana Ingram in 'Quiz'. (ITV)

Hit quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? sees contestants answer multiple choice questions which increase in difficulty as the prize money stakes rise, with the help of several lifelines, including Phone A Friend.

Ingram scooped the top prize of £1 million in September 2001 but the show’s production company Celador refused to pay out when it suspected he was guilty of cheating.

Charles and Diana Ingram, along with Whittock, were all found guilty of "procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception" in 2003 and were given two year prison sentences.

Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana arrive at Southwark Crown Court in  London. Jurors in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? trial embarked today on the third day of deliberations.    * They are trying Major Ingram, who is accused of  cheating his way  to the top prize on the popular TV quiz show, and lecturer Tecwen Whittock, who allegedly used  coded coughs  to signal the right answers to him.  Also in the dock at London's Southwark Crown Court is the officer's wife Diana, said by the prosecution to have helped  set up  the scam.   19/05/04:  The case of convicted TV quiz cheat Major Charles Ingram was back in court today. Lawyers for Major Ingram and his wife Diana, both 40, were asking the Court of Appeal in London for leave to appeal against their convictions and the fines they were ordered to pay in addition to their 18-month suspended jail sentences.
Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana were found guilty of cheating on the quiz show. (PA)

The first episode saw Diana's brother Adrian try everything in his desperate attempts to get his chance in the hot seat.

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Another contestant suggests he call Paddy Spooner, who appeared on the gameshow in three different countries, UK, Ireland and Australia, winning £250,000 on the UK version.

While Spooner was not a real person, his fictional character claims to be a part of the ‘The Syndicate’ - an underground team of serial quizzers who can help with correct answers - in return for a 25% share of the winnings.

Quiz was initially a play written by James Graham and has run in the West End.

It continues on ITV on Tuesday, 14 April at 9pm.