Another curiosity also appeared at this moment. His wife, Diana Ingram, who had joined the Major at the studio, but was seated up in the audience, looked very concerned about her husband’s predicament. While Ingram was clearly stumped by the question – and spent a considerable amount of time – deciding on his answer (even after using his remaining lifeline), Diana’s eyes kept flitting from her husband to the corner of the stage in the direction of one of the FFF contestants.
This was where Whittock was seated. It was at this point (after Ingram had used his 50/50 lifeline and was dead set on A1 as the answer) that Diana Ingram coughed. Once again, the major’s wife coughed. And then, Ingram took a “detour” and went with Craig David.
First Night Down; One to Go
Then, the siren blared out. The sun had figuratively set on Major Ingram’s first night on the show. He’d have to return to the studio for the second night and for his second round of questioning. The sun had also figuratively set on a rather blatant truth – things weren’t looking incredibly bright for the Major. Though he had 7 questions correctly, he had a long way to go.
Ingram was not quite halfway, but he had used already two of his lifelines. And the questions were only going to get tougher. In all honesty, things looked rather bleak for the major. Then, again, life is full of surprises. And on Charles’ subsequent visit to the studio, everyone that night was about to see just how surprising things could get.
The First Red Flag
Next, Ingram was confronted by a £32,000 question, one related to pop music. It proved yet another stumbling block for the Major. Here was one of the bizarre turns of events that evening. Having confessed that Ingram had never personally heard of Craig David and choosing at the last minute to answer Craig David instead of A1, somehow Ingram managed to earn £32,000.
During the trial, this was one of the occasions that drew much attention. How can a person answer a trivia question having never heard of the answer personally? In Ingram’s defense, he had used his 50/50 lifeline and narrowed down the answer to just two options. But why change his mind at the very last minute? Hadn’t he been set on A1?
Suspicions Begin to Fly
The answer to Ingram’s burning question was not revealed. Maybe, because it seemed like Ingram was in no hurry to give his answers, the studio was in no hurry to say whether he was correct or not. Or perhaps, the producers’ suspicions had already been aroused. A break was called. After the break, Craig David was confirmed as being the right answer. Major Ingram had had a major stroke of luck.
Changing his answer at the last minute had been the right course of action as he was now guaranteed to win £32,000. There was also a noticeable change in the presenter’s tone. He spoke his thoughts aloud, saying that Ingram’s strategy was at best a confusing one.
It's All in the Eyes
As said, this point in the show became a key point during the contenders’ trial. The prosecution paid close attention to Diana Ingram’s behavior. It was understandable that Diana was concerned for her husband, but why did her eyes keep darting to the FFF area? During such a tense moment, why did her eyes keep flitting between Ingram and someone sitting in this area?
It was clear she was also irritated as she very clearly rolled her eyes. But who or what was she irritated at? We only speculate and say she was either irritated that her husband did not know the answer or, as the prosecution suggested, that there had been silence from Whittock’s seat.