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TV Note: 11/27/01

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Cheating on British 'Millionaire'

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of cheating on the British version of the TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Maj. Charles Ingram and his wife, Diana, were arrested at their home west of London. Detectives interviewed them, released them on bail and ordered them to return to a central London police station in December. A 51-year-old man, arrested in Cardiff, Wales, was released on bail to return for questioning in February. He was not identified.

None of the three has been charged. They were questioned over an allegation of conspiracy to defraud.

A police inquiry began in September into an episode of the popular show in which Ingram won 1 million pounds, or $1.41 million.

The episode was not broadcast, and Ingram's check was withheld because of the suspected cheating. News reports suggested that someone in the audience relayed to him correct answers to questions by coughing.

Diana Ingram, 37, and the major's brother-in-law, Adrian Pollock, had both previously won 32,000 pounds, or $45,000, on the game show.

Celador Productions, which makes the show for Independent Television, said the company did not wish to comment on the arrests.

(Associated Press)

'Philly' to continue

ABC has ordered nine additional episodes of the new Steven Bochco legal drama "Philly," which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

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