Tonight, AMC debuts “Quiz” (9 p.m.) from director Stephen Frears. Set at the turn of the century, it recalls the development of the prime-time game show hit “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” by British broadcaster ITV.
Michael Sheen plays host Chris Tarrant, a smooth personality who helped turn the series into a worldwide phenomenon.
Soon after its U.K. success, ABC would rescue itself from the ratings cellar by buying the rights to “Millionaire” and airing it five nights a week during the summer of 1999.
This three-part drama recalls the true-life scandal that touched the game show when a contestant, Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen), was accused of cheating after seeming to win the million-pound prize. The makers of the series put Ingram on trial, along with his wife, Diana (Sian Clifford), and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock (Michael Jibson).
Ingram was accused of listening for coughs from his accomplices, alerting him that he was about to submit a wrong answer. Their trial became a media sensation. The show examines the passionate (some might say obsessive) world of pub quiz fans.
“Quiz” does a great job of exploring the complexity of complicated characters, particularly those swept up in media maelstroms much larger than themselves. Highly recommended.
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