Charles Ingram confirms cat was shot after shocking Quiz scene as show replaced animal due to Michael Macfadyen’s allergies
‘Coughing Major’ Charles Ingram has confirmed that his pet did actually get shot after his historic appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. New ITV drama Quiz has been telling the story of the Major’s appearance on the show with his wife Diana, with the final episode of the mini-series showing the couple’s trial, and the events afterwards. In one shocking scene, Diana and the pair’s children are seen arriving home to a blood-spattered floor. While Diana tells the children to go upstairs, she finds Charles cradling their dog, who had been shot.
With a viewer asking Charles on Twitter if his dog really did get shot, he answered: ‘Cat. She was shot by an air gun. Buffy did survive, after an operation.’
However, the show encountered a problem when it came to this scene, as star Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Charles, is allergic to dogs. Speaking on the Final Answer podcast, writer James revealed: ‘I think in real life, their dog was actually kicked by some people as they took them for a walk. ‘And then somebody shot another of the animals. And you just think, as ever, with a question around proportionality compared to the crime itself, I think is what is actually one of the areas I’m not uncertain or ambiguous about.
‘I think it’s safe to say that the response and the level of scrutiny and the level of punishment that the Ingrams received across the board for this alleged crime was not proportionate to what they were accused of doing. And that was one of the most upsetting moments, I think.’ Charles has been tweeting along as he watched the show, answering viewer questions and providing his own commentary. In one tweet, he took aim at the show’s choice of decor in his house, declaring: ‘For the record, those are not our curtains.’ In one more, he had high praise for the ITV drama, dubbing it ‘gutsy’.
‘#Quiz. WOW. The cast, the story, the scenes, simply brilliant,’ he wrote. Advertisement Advertisement ‘Terrifyingly accurate and oh yes, horribly cringeworthy. Floored by the pure talent on show tonight. Well done too to @ITV. Gutsy.’ Seems like he’s just as much a fan as the rest of us. Both Charles and Diana Ingram were found guilty on one single count of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception and given suspended prison sentences of almost two years. They’ve always claimed they were innocent of all cheating claims.