‘The pub quiz is a uniquely British invention,’ says a character in ITV’s new drama Quiz. ‘It combines our two great loves: drinking, and being right.’ It seems fitting that the mini-series has arrived amidst such hunger for trivia. Adapting James Graham’s 2017 play of the same name, the drama centres around the 2001 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ‘coughing major’ scandal.
If there’s one thing British people love more than quizzing, it’s raging against class injustice. Charles and Diana (‘Sounds familiar,' Michael Sheen’s Chris Tarrant quips) are accused of cheating their way to the jackpot with the aid of strategically timed coughs. But part of why this story proved to be such tabloid catnip back in the early 00s is that the couple are so well-to-do.