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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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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