AMC’s ‘Quiz,’ plus Hollywood’s response to protests

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In the new AMC miniseries “Quiz,” Michael Sheen (right) plays “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” host Chris Tarrant. Matthew Macfadyen (left) plays Charles Ingram, a contestant who may or may not have cheated his way to winning 1 million pounds. Photo credit: Matt Frost/AMC/ITV

James Graham wrote the play “Quiz” — about an alleged cheating scandal on the British version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” — before he adapted it for TV.  It’s now airing as a three-part limited series on AMC. 

The current global pandemic and protests should provide a lot of material for Graham, who often writes about big cultural and political moments. But he says it’s tough to get started when there’s no indication that theaters in London will re-open any time soon. 

Graham talks about doubting the conventional wisdom about Charles and Diana Ingram, the couple accused of cheating on the popular game show in 2001 and in effect stealing a million pounds in front of a studio audience.

And he wonders whether his 2019 film “Brexit: The Uncivil War” inadvertently gave a career boost to the then little-known Boris Johnson advisor Dominic Cummings, the force behind the “Vote Leave” campaign. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Cummings in the movie.  

Plus, how is Hollywood responding to a week of protests and police brutality?



Kim Masters


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