AMC’s newest sequence is a riveting dramatic exploration into the British Who Desires to Be a Millionaire scandal known as Quiz. In 2001, Charles and his spouse Diana Ingram cheated their method into the a million pound money prize, and we’re loving watching the televised occasions unfold.
Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford are impeccable because the dishonest couple, however we did not even see Michael Sheen in his position as Chris Tarrant — that is how good his make-up and have an effect on are! Maintain studying to study extra concerning the real-life host of U.Okay.’s Who Desires to Be a Millionaire, and discover out the place the broadcaster is at this time.
Who’s Chris Tarrant?
It does not seem to be a stretch to name Chris Tarrant the British Regis Philbin, as each are identified for being prolific hosts on a number of reveals — Chris Tarrant has even been knighted for his work.
Chris’ profession started in 1964, when he served because the host to ATV Immediately, a present affair program, for nearly 20 years. In the meantime, he grew to become the co-host of Tiswas, a Saturday morning kids’s present. In 1982, together with different actors and comics, Chris launched O.T.T., meant to be the “grownup” model of Tiswas, however O.T.T. flopped amongst viewers.
Then, Chris went on to current the radio present Capital Breakfast on Capital Radio and stayed as a bunch on that radio present for 20 years till 2004.
Earlier than calling it quits with the radio present, Chris hosted ITV’s Who Desires to Be a Millionaire? from 1998 all the best way to 2014, whereas additionally beginning a journey documentary sequence known as Chris Tarrant: Excessive Railways.
What did Chris Tarrant know concerning the ‘Millionaire’ scandal?
In an interview with Piers Morgan, Chris has rehashed the occasions of the 2001 sport present scandal. Talking from a rural home the place he is gone to spend his COVID-19 self-isolation, Chris is candid about not shopping for the present. Does the drama inform the true story, the controversial former CNN broadcaster asks? “No, by no means,” Chris replies.
So what truly went down, from the attitude of Chris, one of many key witnesses to the occasion? “I’ve at all times stated, I didn’t see something happening,” he assures viewers, including that again within the early aughts, “we had been very naive.”
“We didn’t anticipate a serving British military main to return on the present,” he says, “and try to steal 1,000,000 quid. So we simply used to say to individuals, ‘Be sure to all put your telephones away, flip your telephones off.’ We by no means ever went round to individuals within the viewers to examine, have you ever left your telephone on by the best way. So, the telephone is on,” Chris continues. “I imply, you already know the fundamentals of the method.” “I imply, I noticed nothing,” Chris emphasizes as soon as once more.
Nonetheless, after spending “hours and hours and hours of my life with the fraud squad going by means of the tapes,” Chris shortly realized that one thing was amiss. “It is like, Oh my God. What occurred that night time,” Chris provides.
One sketchy statement, based on Chris, is the truth that “the most important and his spouse mainly went to the dressing room and it is a bizarre factor once you’ve simply gained 1,000,000 quid, they’d an enormous [brawl], this enormous ding-dong.”
He continues, “Now, they’ve since stated, or no less than within the drama Quiz it says they had been simply shouting excitedly into the telephone to their kids. I do not suppose so. I do not know what that was about, I imply, the suggestion is she was saying to him, ‘You have gone too far. You have blown it.'”
Watch Quiz, Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.