The writer of new ITV drama Quiz thinks Charles and Diana Ingram were vilified because they are posh.

James Graham’s show about the Who Wants to be a Millionaire coughing scandal tells the tale of the couple found guilty of cheating to win £1million.

He said: "They appear to be relatively privileged, white and middle class, with quite well-spoken accents.

"He’s in the military, so there’s an air of privilege around them – also, maybe, gullibility, or innocence and naivety.

"And that makes them ripe for the media to enjoy putting them in the stocks and throwing vegetables at them.

The writer of new ITV drama Quiz thinks Charles and Diana Ingram were vilified because they are posh

"One of the things we want to question is whether the mockery and humiliation they endured was proportionate to what they were accused of doing".

Mr Graham, who first wrote the script as a stage show, told the Radio Times: "A million pounds is serious, of course, but it’s also just a game. Nobody died."

Mr Ingram won the top prize on the ITV gameshow in 2001.

James Graham’s show is about the Who Wants to be a Millionaire coughing scandal

Afterwards, he was accused of cheating with the help of coughs from Diana and Tecwen Whittock.

In 2003, the Ingrams were found guilty of getting the money by “deception”, fined and given suspended sentences.

Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Ingram, said: "It’s true to say their lives were totally ruined by what happened.

The couple couple were found guilty of cheating to win £1million

"Their pets were attacked, people spat at Charles, they had to move house and he lost his job. It’s a gameshow".

It comes as actress Helen McCrory believes a question mark hangs over the conviction of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? quiz show cheats.

Helen, who plays their QC in Quiz, an ITV drama about the case, said: "The fact that a lot of people at the time didn’t hear the cough...

Actress Helen McCrory believes a question mark hangs over the conviction of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? quiz show cheats

"Chris Tarrant didn’t hear the cough, the person sitting opposite didn’t hear the cough, people either side didn’t hear the cough, yet for some reason he [Charles Ingram] heard the cough – really?

"Now for some reason maybe he did. Maybe it was a complete set-up, or maybe he didn’t.

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"You’re just looking for a truth.”

Ingram, played by Succession star Matthew Macfadyen, and Diana (Fleabag’s Sian Clifford) always insisted they were innocent.

After a trial in 2003 the Ingrams and Whittock got suspended sentences.