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How a serial cougher horrendous British version of ‘Millionaire’



How a serial cougher horrendous British version of 'Millionaire'

This is one Charles and Diana scandal that you may not have heard of.

The three-part series “Quiz,” premiered Sunday (10 nights at AMC), recounting a real-life fraud incident that nearly destroyed the English version of “Who Wants To Be Millionaire” in 2001 – when Major Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”) and his wife, Diana (Sian Clifford, “Fleabag”), were accused of masterminding a series of coughs in the studio to help Charles win the grand prize of 1 million pounds at the event.

Their partner and “accomplice,” Tecwen Whittock (cougher, played by Michael Jibson), were tried after the show’s producers noticed afterwards that Whittock, sitting right behind Ingram on the “fastest finger” chair, coughed as if gesturing whenever Ingram seemed confused. with an answer.

It was also strange to them that Diana and her brother, Adrian (Trystan Gravelle, “The Terror”), both appeared on ITV’s “hot seat” side by side with host Chris Tarrant (Michael Sheen) before Ingram’s appearance.

The series, directed by Stephen Frears (“A Very English Scandal”), will air new episodes every Sunday until June 14th.

“It was one of the shows you watched night after night and it was a big cultural touchstone when it first started,” Macfadyen told The Post about Britain “Millionaire,” which premiered in 1998 (one year before the main time version of ABC ) guided by Regis Philbin). “That reached 19 million viewers per night at its peak and that was a big problem.

“It was really successful because there was no time limit [for the contestants to answer questions] … there is no clock or countdown. That is far more theatrical and that is the key to drama – pause. “

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Ingram is the second person to win the grand prize; his journey to the top is full of the dramatic pauses mentioned above, scratching his ears, twirling his wedding ring and his habit of changing his mind before almost every “final answer,” much to Tarrant’s (and viewer’s) entertainment.

There is a lot of innate ambiguity in “Quiz” regarding Ingram and corporate mistakes or innocence – which spur a book (“Bad Show: The Quiz, the Cough, the Millionaire Major”) and the 2017 theater drama (also called “Quiz”) from which the series adapted.

“It’s really strange playing this man,” said Macfadyen who, together with Clifford, met briefly with Ingram on their last day recording the “Millionaire” scene. “This is not a strict imitation of him but retells the story. Not that I am imitating his every move … it is just my impression of him. It is strange to play a role in playing someone who has gone through this – and has a cloud of doubt hanging over it. Their lives change irrevocably. “

Sian Clifford as Diana.
Sian Clifford as Diana.Matt Frost / AMC / ITV

Macfadyen said that he and Clifford asked whether Ingram was guilty or not.

“Every day Sian and I will see each other with make-up, we go,” Right, what do you think? They are guilty. “The next day we said,” No, I think they are sewn and innocent. “We turned upside down, and in the end [of the shoot] we are agnostic. Even now I don’t know what to think and I don’t mind. In the end, I was more interested in them and what they experienced. We do not know what really happened.

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“You play these small incremental moments as honestly as possible by the script,” he said. “What is interesting is what it is [viewing] The audience projects to you … how we adjust things according to our narratives and confirmations, our prejudices … how we remember things in a certain way. Their lawyer [played by “Peaky Blinders” star Helen McCrory] talk about memory and how it is not reliable. “

ITV snapped up the Ingram-winning episode “Millionaire” and was never broadcast on television; some were used during the trial and as part of the ITV documentary about the scandal.

“People think they see it, but they don’t,” Macfadyen said. “What they saw was an edited version of ITV that was made for the police [during the trial]. I watched that … to feel for him and how he moved. [The series] good nuance; I really believe that [‘Millionaire’] the producer is very passionate about the show and you feel for [producer] Paul Smith [Mark Bonnar] – he was broken hearted that people had an affair and he took it personally when he thought he was cheated. “

And, Macfadyen said, he felt what the average “Millionaire” contestant experienced in the hot seat.

“I feel like I’ve done it,” he said. “No acting is needed, certainly not on the first day of the Millionaire set.” They built the right replica with lighting, sound effects, and there was an audience there.

“That was very scary, which helped.”

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Algeria interested in Portuguese companies investing in renewable energy – Observer



Algeria interested in Portuguese companies investing in renewable energy - Observer

Foreign Minister João Gomes Cravinho met this Wednesday with his Algerian counterpart Ramtan Lamamra, who expressed interest in Portuguese companies investing in Algeria’s solar and wind energy.

Speaking with Lusa, João Cravinho also said that for 2023 it was decided to hold a “high-level meeting chaired by the prime ministers” of the two countries, a meeting to be held in Algiers, in addition to the state visit of the President of Algeria. Algeria to Portugal.

The Portuguese foreign minister said today’s visit to Algeria, where he was with Ramtan Lamamra, whom he has known since 2005 when he was ambassador to Lisbon, is “based on old knowledge”, but also a visit to a country that “does not to be a neighbor”, shares “a lot of fears”. “Not being a neighboring country, it almost shares many concerns about the region, the Mediterranean, the European Union’s relationship with Africa and the Arab world. It was important for us to talk about what we can do together as part of the geopolitical and geo-economic transformation,” he explained.

João Cravinho stressed that the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a factor “which could not but be the subject of dialogue”, and also added that “geo-economic issues related to energy, renewable energy sources and the opportunities that come with the digital transition” also were on the table.


“While Algeria is a major exporter of fossil fuels, it is also a country with huge potential in terms of solar and wind energy. We have very qualified companies in these areas, and the Algerian side has expressed interest in [ter] Portuguese investors in these areas,” the minister said.

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The official said that it would be a matter of working with the Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade (AICEP), with the Secretary of State for Internationalization, as well as with a sectoral ministry, namely the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. A “high-level meeting chaired by the prime ministers” of the two countries is scheduled for 2023, a meeting to be held in Algiers, in addition to the Algerian President’s state visit to Portugal.

“We have a very busy calendar between the two countries. Now we will try to organize a mixed commission, where technical specialists from both countries will gather,” he said, stressing that there are “14 legal documents that are practically finalized and will be signed” in 2023.

João Gomes Cravinho was on a visit to Algiers today to assess bilateral relations in the economic sphere, as well as in terms of cooperation, language and culture, and to discuss international issues.

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Members of the Airborne Operational Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the Portuguese Army during the annual Falcon Jump exercise on September 17, 2022 over the Ede launch zone, 18 km west of Arnhem, in the province of Gelderland, the Netherlands. A Portuguese skydiver is equipped with a SPEKON RS 2000 parachute from the German manufacturer SPEKON Sächsische Spezialkonfekion GmbH. Above him are US paratroopers with T-11 parachutes.

Photo by M. Bienik | 6 barrels per day

The annual Falcon Leap 2022 exercise, based in Eindhoven, in the south of the Netherlands, took place from 5 to 16 September 2022 in the Netherlands and Belgium. During the first week, the exercise focused on cargo drop operations, and the second week focused on drop operations. It was attended by more than 1 thousand soldiers representing 13 countries, including Portugal, with the participation of the Operational Detachment of 22 soldiers from the Airborne Operational Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the Ground Forces.

The exercise officially ended on September 17, 2022, commemorating the 78th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, which began on the same day in 1944, during World War II, as part of the largest airborne operation in which more than 40,000 troops serving in the 1st Airborne Division of Great Britain, the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade of Poland, the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions of the United States of America. These commemorations were marked by the launch of paratroopers over the original drop zones of the Operation.

The photo was taken by the Polish soldier M. Benek, seconded to the 6th Airborne Brigade (BPD) – Brigadier General Stanisław Sosabowski, a unit that is the result of the historical legacy of the 1st Separate Polish Airborne Brigade, which jumped during the operation ” Bazaar Garden “, in 1944 under the command of General. Stanislav Sosabovsky – whose name is a suffix (as patron) of the current unit.

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Luana Piovani goes to Portugal’s Golden Globes with her boyfriend



Luana Piovani goes to Portugal's Golden Globes with her boyfriend

Luana Piovani

Photo: Instagram/@luanapiovani/Famous and Celebrities

This Sunday, the 2nd, actress Luana Piovani went to the Portuguese Golden Globes along with her boyfriend Lucas Bittencourt. In her Instagram, the actress praised the outfits they were wearing.

Ready for the Golden Globes. Great guy. We are very, very luxurious, my love,” said Luana. While Lucas was wearing a black suit, she was wearing a short white lace dress with green accents at the waist.

Luana Piovani at the Golden Globes.  -

Luana Piovani at the Golden Globes. –

Photo: Instagram/@luanapiovani/Famous and Celebrities

“Long live the Golden Globes and long live you, my love, who accompanied me and constantly gave me a hand, because I have very high heels and I have a problem knee,” the actress shared.

Luana Piovani revealed the reason for the breakup with Pedro Scooby

Actress Luana Piovani finally revealed the real reason behind his breakup with surfer and former BBB Pedro Scooby. In the documentary “A Vida é Irada, Vamos Curtir”, the actress recalled the tense moment they went through due to the inattention of the athlete, which eventually became the trigger for the divorce.

While they are traveling with their family, Pedro forgot to extend their stay, leaving Luana with nowhere to go with her children and several problems to deal with. “I had to leave before 13:00 the next day because the property was already rented out. With three children and twelve suitcases, Luna remembered. “When I hung up, I took the ring off my finger, put it on the table and said, ‘My marriage just ended.’ indicated.

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