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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire £1m fraud to be subject of new play

Charles Ingram was accused with an accomplice of using a coughing code to cheat the programme. Photograph: Chichester Festival Theatre
Thursday 16 February 2017 06.00 GMTLast modified on Thursday 16 February 2017 08.21 GMT
One of the most bizarre and weirdly memorable stories of the last 20 years, the coughing major who cheated on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, is to be the centrepiece of a new stage play.

Called Quiz, it was written by the prolific James Graham, whose breakthrough work was This House originally performed at the National Theatre and currently showing in the West End. His new play was announced as a highlight of the 2017 Chichester Festival Theatre season, the first under the leadership of Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley.

The coughing major is Charles Ingram, a former army officer who in 2001 successfully answered all of Chris Tarrant’s questions to win £1m. Suspicions were quickly raised and two years later he was found guilty of deception, a jury believing the charge that he used an accomplice to cough when an answer was correct.

“I remember being one of those people who watched it and couldn’t believe the story, couldn’t believe how dramatic it was,” said Graham.

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