Quiz premiered on ITV last night as viewers were given an insight into how Charles Ingram (played by Matthew Macfadyen) and his wife, Diana (Sian Clifford), conspired to win £1 million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Michael Sheen takes on the role of Chris Tarrant and following the quizmaster’s ‘return’ to TV, bookmakers have predicted he’ll be back on screens shortly.
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On September 10, 2001, Chris was stunned when Charles walked away with the top prize but the couple were subject to heavy scrutiny afterwards as suspicions of their integrity arose.
In the months that followed, Charles, Diana and their friend, Tecwen Whittock (Michael Jibson) were accused of cheating.
Chris hosted the show from the first series in 1998 to 2014 when he announced he would be stepping down as quizmaster.
However, this wasn’t the end of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire as ITV revealed the hit show would return in 2018.
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This time Jeremy Clarkson took on the role as quizmaster and has been in the hot seat ever since.
However, following the premiere of ITV’s Quiz last night, bookmakers have tipped the original host to return to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on Chris’ chances of a return in the next 12 months at 4/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Michael Sheen’s portrayal of Chris Tarrant amazed viewers up and down the country.
“It looks as though the man himself could soon be set for a return to the hit quiz show.”
In total, Chris recorded 592 episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and only five contestants walked away with the top prize.
After he left the show, Chris hosted a number of less successful game shows for ITV including The Colour of Money.
In 2012, he began a travel documentary series, Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways for Channel 5.
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ITV viewers were amazed by Michael’s transformation into the quizmaster and flocked to Twitter to comment.
One viewer tweeted: “Have to admit, Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant, bloody good casting! #Quiz.”
“#Quiz Michael Sheen is brilliant. All the mannerisms – the best was the ‘hur-hur’ laugh when he met Mark Bonnar’s character,” another said.
“Michael Sheen is scarily accurate as Chris Tarrant #Quiz,” a third tweeted.
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While another remarked: “Crazy how much Michael Sheen looks and sounds like Chris Tarrant #Quiz.”
A fifth added: “If for no other reason, #Quiz is worth watching for Michael Sheen’s portrayal of Chris Tarrant.
“Absolutely nailing his voice and mannerisms to a tee. Brilliant actor.”
“Keep thinking Chris Tarrant is actually in this, Michael Sheen is that good. #Quiz,” someone else said.
Quiz continues tonight on ITV at 9pm.
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