There’s a new limited event series coming to television this week that is a dramatization of the real-life scandal surrounding the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. It is called Quiz and it premieres Sunday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch Quiz episodes on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:
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AMC is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can then watch a live stream of Quiz on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch new shows up to three days after they air (and sometimes longer) even if you don’t record them.
Additionally, AMC Premiere is available as an add-on to FuboTV’s main package. AMC Premiere is a premium upgrade of AMC that allows you to watch most of AMC’s current shows (and some old ones) on-demand and commercial-free as soon as (and sometimes earlier than) they air live. All episodes of Quiz will be available on AMC Premiere on May 31 at 10 p.m. ET.
AMC is included in Philo’s main 59-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term. It also comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for Philo, you can then watch Quiz live on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone (iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or or other supported device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo also allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which allows you to replay shows that have aired in the last three days.
This three-part limited series tells the story how Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen) and his wife, Diana (Sian Clifford), cheated their way to the £1,000,000 jackpot on the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2001. Trystan Gravelle co-stars as Diana’s brother Adrian and Michael Jibson plays lecturer Tecwen Whittock, both of whom were in on the scheme, and Michael Sheen plays the game show host Chris Tarrant.
In real life, the show discovered Ingram’s clever system for cheating (no spoilers!) and four-week trial followed where Ingram, Diana, and Whittock were convicted of “procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception.”
At the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour, Sheen told the audience that he remembers when Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? first started and what a “cultural phenomenon” it was.
“I remember being really struck by the fact that it was on like every night. I don’t remember that having happened before. It was like it was more than a TV show. It was a sort of phenomenon, a cultural phenomenon,” said Sheen. “And I remember it just kind of ripping through the fabric of reality into a new world. It really was like a whole new epoch of quiz shows and game shows.”
Clifford also said that what they’re hoping to do with this limited series is “shed some light on the unseen sides of the story.”
“In the making of it, we uncovered new evidence, which is very exciting and we’re very excited to share,” Clifford teased. “But, yeah, I think we wanted to make it feel like a heist and we really do that, we really build to that point, and then we pull the rug.”
Writer and executive producer James Graham added that they don’t think it’s a simple as the British media or the trial made it seem, and they want Quiz’s viewers to make up their own minds about whether Ingram and his wife really did cheat.
“About five years ago a book was published called “Bad Show” by Bob Woffinden and James Plaskett, which raised new doubts that the story is quite what people think, and there’s a lot of inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case that they coughed their way to a million pounds,” said Graham. “So we just sort of present both sides, and we ask the question, and we do the classic Who Wants to be a Millionaire? — ask the audience.
“We ask the audience to make up their minds about whether they’re innocent or guilty. But, ultimately, I think it’s meant to be an entertaining but forensic analysis of the criminal justice system and whether they’re guilty or innocent; whether or not they were let down by one of the first big media trials of the 21st century where the guilt was so laced into the popular imagination way before they went on trial.”
The first part of Quiz airs Sunday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. Subsequent parts air on June 7 and June 14, same time and channel.
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