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The Millionaire cheating scandal that inspired Quiz – in pictures

The drama tells the story of the so-called Coughing Major, who was found guilty of cheating on the show.

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Quiz (Leftbank Pictures/PA)

Quiz (Leftbank Pictures/PA)

Quiz (Leftbank Pictures/PA)

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal and subsequent trial was a national phenomenon.

The story of the Army major and his wife cheating their way to the top prize on the quiz shop captured the imagination of the public.

Here is a look at how the story unfolded in pictures and how it is dramatised in the current ITV drama Quiz.

Media interest

As the story broke, photographers gathered outside the Ingrams’ home in Wiltshire.

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Major Charles Ingram after he was arrested and bailed (PA)

Major Charles Ingram after he was arrested and bailed (PA)

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Major Charles Ingram after he was arrested and bailed (PA)

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Media outside the home of Major Charles Ingram in 2001 (PA)

Media outside the home of Major Charles Ingram in 2001 (PA)

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Media outside the home of Major Charles Ingram in 2001 (PA)

The court case

The couple first appeared at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, before the case was referred to Southwark Crown Court.

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Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana arrive at Bow Magistrates court (PA)

Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana arrive at Bow Magistrates court (PA)

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Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana arrive at Bow Magistrates court (PA)

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Tecwen Whittock arrives at Southwark Crown Court (PA)

Tecwen Whittock arrives at Southwark Crown Court (PA)

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Tecwen Whittock arrives at Southwark Crown Court (PA)

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Major Charles Ingram and wife Diana outside Southwark Crown Court (PA)

Major Charles Ingram and wife Diana outside Southwark Crown Court (PA)

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Major Charles Ingram and wife Diana outside Southwark Crown Court (PA)

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Quiz show host Chris Tarrant arriving at Southwark Crown Court to give evidence at the trial (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Quiz show host Chris Tarrant arriving at Southwark Crown Court to give evidence at the trial (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Quiz show host Chris Tarrant arriving at Southwark Crown Court to give evidence at the trial (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in the drama (Matt Frost/ITV)

Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in the drama (Matt Frost/ITV)

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Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in the drama (Matt Frost/ITV)

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Major Charles Ingram (centre right) after he was found guilty (PA)

Major Charles Ingram (centre right) after he was found guilty (PA)

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Major Charles Ingram (centre right) after he was found guilty (PA)

After the trial

After the couple were found guilty, Major Charles Ingram confirmed he had resigned his commission and was no longer a serving Army officer.

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Major Charles Ingram and Diana after he confirmed that he had resigned his commission and was no longer a serving Army officer (PA)

Major Charles Ingram and Diana after he confirmed that he had resigned his commission and was no longer a serving Army officer (PA)

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Major Charles Ingram and Diana after he confirmed that he had resigned his commission and was no longer a serving Army officer (PA)

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The couple in the dramatisation (Leftbank Pictures for ITV)

The couple in the dramatisation (Leftbank Pictures for ITV)

The couple in the dramatisation (Leftbank Pictures for ITV)

Life in the public eye

The couple continued to appear on TV.

Charles starred on Channel 4’s The Games in 2004, alongside other celebrity guests such as model Linda Lusardi and Boyzone singer Shane Lynch.

In 2006, they appeared as a couple on a celebrity version of The Weakest Link, alongside the likes of racing pundit John McCririck and his long-suffering wife Jenny.

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The couple attended the TV Quick awards in 2003 (Ian West/PA)

The couple attended the TV Quick awards in 2003 (Ian West/PA)

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The couple attended the TV Quick awards in 2003 (Ian West/PA)

Quiz continues on ITV at 9pm.

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