Chris Tarrant says Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cheats are 'guilty as sin'

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  TV presenter Chris Tarrant poses during the Morrisons' Charity Of The Year photocall, at Camden Morrisons on November 23, 2009 in London, England. Morrisons have chosen Cancer Research UK for their charity for 2009.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TV presenter Chris Tarrant poses during the Morrisons' Charity Of The Year photocall, at Camden Morrisons on November 23, 2009 in London, England. Morrisons have chosen Cancer Research UK for their charity for 2009. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It was the scandal that shocked the nation, and is now the subject of a high-profile dramatisation, but Chris Tarrant has spoken out about Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cheats who tried to con their way to the ultimate prize.

Major Charles Ingram managed to answer all questions to win £1million on the popular quiz show - but it emerged he did so by cheating, with the help of a friend and his wife Diana.

Now Tarrant has spoken out ahead of the screening of the new series Quiz, which sees Michael Sheen portraying Tarrant, and Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford as the guilty couple.

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Speaking to The Sunday People, Tarrant said: “There is no question that the Ingrams were guilty as sin.”

This is a view a jury agreed to, and the Ingrams, along with pal Tecwen Whittock, were convicted of procuring the execution of a valuable security by ­deception.

They were fined £15,000 each, ordered to pay £10,000 in prosecution costs and given suspended ­prison sentences.

The three-part series appears to humanise the Ingrams and possibly raise questions over their guilt, but Tarrant isn’t best pleased about the show.

The 73-year-old said: “I don’t think it ever really needed to be made. Somebody has got to redress the balance and remind everyone the major actually is a crook and was found guilty by a jury.”

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Despite not being convinced by the premise of the show, Tarrant conceded there is one thing he enjoyed - Michael Sheen’s portrayal.

He said: “He does a very good portrayal of me. His voice is spot on. Also, the things he does with his body mannerisms and the way I stand. I’m watching it ­going, ‘I really do that!’ I’m thrilled and flattered.”

Quiz starts on ITV Easter Monday, 13 April at 9pm. It will run for three episodes, concluding on 15 April.

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