Tarrant went on to explain that what he heard from Diana’s mouth implied a much more sinister plot at hand. He heard Diana say that Major Ingram “had went too far and had blown it.” That may be very well the case. Here Tarrant elucidated on another point.
He stated that both Whittock and Diana Ingram had been former contestants – Diana went on to win £32,000 and Whittock £8,000. Though the two were under investigation for the behavior during Major Ingram’s turn in the hot seat, nothing suspicious in their own turns in the hot seat has ever been brought up.
Tarrant Was at a Loss
Nonetheless, it was the man in front of him – and his erratic personality – that made Tarrant suspicious. Of course, during the quiz show events, he was simply confounded by the major. Tarrant explains that, no pun intended (at least we don’t think so), that Ingram was all over the show.
The “Millionaire” presenter simply couldn’t follow Ingram, the contestant had no logic for his answers and hadn’t a clue what his intended answer was. Ingram wasn’t acting like a man who had a lot of money at risk – he acted as if he were playing bingo and the risks were all part of the game.
The Ingrams Were Not Typical Winners
Interestingly, Tarrant mentioned that it really first dawned on him that something definitely was amiss only after Ingram had been crowned the winner. Though he and his wife were supposedly £1,000,000 richer, when they went to the dressing room, they started arguing. Who starts fighting after winning £1,000,000? Any individual in their right mind would be elated, overjoyed, and over the moon all at once.
Or they might have been so stunned, they wouldn’t know how to react, but the last reaction they’d have is to start a fight with the person – their husband – who just handed them £1,000,000. And this was not simply a fight, it was a massive one which could be heard through their glass door.
The Producers Have to Pay Up
This point made the defense’s case stronger. If Whittock was such a genius and knew all the answers to Charles Ingram’s final round of questions, why didn’t he just win the £1,000,000 relying on his intelligence? This would have been fair play. Another point bolstering the defense’s case is the question of the original airing. As stated, the original episode wasn’t aired. Only two years later was it released to the public.
The production and technical crew could have gone through the recording and simply highlighted Whittock’s coughing – among all the other noises – to be used to strengthen their case against Whittock and the Ingrams. Even Tarrant admitted to not hearing the coughing during the live show. The producers had to “cough” up £1,000,000.
The prosecution, however, won in the end. Diana Ingram’s initial coughing during the £32,000 question seemed to be the catalyst for Whittock’s own coughing owing to his allergies. Furthermore, when the production and technical crew reviewed the recording, it became clear as light that coughing seemed to be the modus operandi for the thieving three’s route to winning the £1,000,000.
Not only could a cough clearly be heard every time Ingram voiced the right answer, but it showed a change in Ingram’s demeanor – his supposed positive demeanor that miraculously brought about his incredible win. And incredible it was – especially for the producers, for they gave no credibility whatsoever to the trio.