Quiz: Miniseries (2020)


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With clever writing, a slick production, and a pitch perfect Michael Sheen, Quiz crafts a captivating snapshot of a wild scandal that will keep viewers on their toes.



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Air date: May 31, 2020

When television producer Paul Smith puts everything on the line to make ITV quiz show and overnight sensation 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?', one family's much-loved pub-quiz hobby turns into outright obsession. As the family's attempts to win the ultimate prize fall short, all eyes turn to an unsuspecting Major Charles Ingram to take his turn in the coveted hotseat.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2020

When seemingly hopeless contestant Charles Ingram returns for his second night in the hotseat, he is a brand new man with a brand new strategy. The audience on the edge of their seats, Charles dithers and about-turns up the question ladder while an increasingly suspicious production team launch an investigation that will lead them to an incriminating pattern of coughs in the studio audience.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2020

Charged with stealing a million pounds and persecuted by the public and press, the Ingrams head to court. At first it seems the trial is a fait accompli, but as the case for the defense gets underway, the jury learn there is far more to the story than they know.

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (19)

There's more than enough to like here, including great performances from Michael Sheen and Mark Bonnar.

May 30, 2020 | Full Review…

"Quiz" is a thought-provoking and entertaining miniseries, even if it peters out a bit close to the end.

May 28, 2020 | Full Review…

You'll be amazed at how much you didn't know about this story. I would say genuinely that this is my favourite show of the year so far.

Jul 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The script, by playwright James Graham, is unpretentious but spiked with wit. Stephen Frears directs with a typically deft hand. And the cast is superb.

Jun 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Frears' charm and whimsy feel all but absent, limited to a few scenes or dialogue exchanges. For a quiz, this feels too easy.

Jun 25, 2020 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

[Quiz] is worth watching, even if it has no answer for its million-dollar question...it adopts this ambiguous position to expose the malleable nature of truth, and how facts can be interpreted in contrasting ways.

Nov 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Quiz is such a satisfying highbrow take on a lowbrow scandal at a middlebrow show, that if Matthew Macfadyen gets his first Emmy nomination for this instead of for Succession, I won't even be that mad.

Aug 12, 2020 | Full Review…

The game show scandal is a niche genre, but it has become a personal favorite, from Robert Redford's "Quiz Show" (1994) to Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008). Now, you can add another gem with the three-episode British miniseries "Quiz."

Jul 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Quiz will surprise and delight in its even-handedness and compelling recreation of events.

Jun 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Quiz is compelling far beyond the nature of its original source. More than that, the show is also witty and very funny, with stellar performances.

Jun 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Come for MacFadyen in a short-sleeved, pastel color-blocked polo shirt, sweating under the show lights as he fumbles for the answers. Come for Clifford's clipped directives to her hapless husband...

Jun 12, 2020 | Full Review…

With sharp, satirical performances, it entertains as much as it educates.

Jun 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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