Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Oh God no.
According to the hideously named "Scurra" column in The Mirror: "Two production companies have been lined up to make a film about the notorious episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire that led to the current 'coughing' trial."
That's suspiciously quick timing, as the idiots responsible for the Millionaire scam have only just been found guilty:
An army major, his wife and a college lecturer have been found guilty of cheating to win the top prize in the TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Contestant Charles Ingram, his wife Diana, both 39, and college lecturer Tecwen Whittock were all found guilty of conspiring to cheat the show but escaped jail. [...]
Ingram, who reached the £1m prize, was guided to correct answers with the help of deliberately timed coughs from Whittock.
Ingram's wife was found guilty of helping "set up" the scam.
All three had denied "procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception" - £1m on 10 September 2001. [...]
After sentencing, quiz show host Chris Tarrant issued a statement saying the plot to cheat the show was a "very cynical plan, motivated by sheer greed". [...]
Ingram's Millionaire appearance was never shown on television.
Footage from the show will be screened for the first time in a Tonight With Trevor McDonald special on ITV1 later this month.
The 90-minute documentary, presented by Tonight reporter Martin Bashir, will show the previously unseen episode in full as part of a "definitive" account of the scandal.
Like the story wasn't already tedious and stupid enough that it needed to be immortalised in a documentary? Oy.