Bad Show: The Quiz, The Cough, The Millionaire Major by Bob WoffindenCharles Ingram, a major in the British Army, became the third winner of the million-pound prize on ITV’s top-rated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? But his victory was short-lived. It was alleged that a fellow contestant had helped him with the questions by coughing to indicate the correct answers. Ingram was stripped of his prize and charged with fraud offences. He and his wife Diana were both convicted. Ingram’s life was in ruins. He had to resign his army commission and lost his reputation, his home and any prospects of future employment. He had been a well-respected army officer, but now he was described in the British press as a man who was as publicly reviled as a mass murderer.
He has always asserted that he won the prize fairly. Now, for the first time, Bad Show tells the complete story and examines all the evidence in order to explain exactly what happened on that fateful night.
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As a result, the episodes that he appeared in were not actually broadcast until 21 April, From the 8 remaining contestants, 7 got it right, but Charles with a time of 3. On the first night of his game, when he got into the hot seat, he got through the first four questions without using any lifelines. On the fifth question, he still didn't use a lifeline, but took a while to answer. On both questions 6 and 7, he used a lifeline on each of them.
Following a lengthy trial at Southwark Crown Court, he was convicted on a single count of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception. In , Ingram was convicted of an unrelated insurance fraud , and ordered to resign his commission as a major by the Army Board. Charles Ingram was born on 6 August in Shardlow , Derbyshire. The two became engaged during his first posting with the Royal Engineers in Germany. The couple were married in November and have three children. Ingram practised for about twenty minutes per day on a fastest finger machine that he constructed.
Charles Ingram, a former Army officer, gained notoriety after he won the jackpot on the popular television game show in But his victory was short-lived after he was accused of cheating and a court ruled that he had answered his questions correctly thanks to a participant coughing on cue to alert him to right answer - despite Ingram maintaining that luck, military training and strategy had helped him answer the winning question. And now, a new book claims to have found unseen evidence that casts doubt on Ingram's guilty conviction. Ingram was found guilty in the spring of along with his wife Diana and fellow gameshow devotee Tecwen Whittock, who were both in the studio, of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception. The Ingrams were sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years, while Whittock received a month suspended sentence. The new book, titled Bad Show: The Quiz, the Cough, the Millionaire Major, argues that there were over coughs during the programme, some of which were inconsistent.
The ex-Army Major swindled the show with the help of wife Diana and a coughing accomplice. Here is the lowdown. Born in Shardlow, Derbyshire, in , Ingram obtained a degree in civil engineering and a masters in corporate management before joining the Army in But the cheque was taken from him as he left the studio as suspicions began to surface. A court ruled he had answered the questions through help from fellow contestant Tecwen Whittock, who coughed to alert him to the right answers.