Created by James Graham. Directed by Stephen Frears. 3 episodes seen out of 3.
who is it with?
Charles and Diana (you’re not dreaming!) Are embodied by Matthew MacFadyen, currently one of the heroes of the iconic Succession, and Sian clifford, the sister of Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag, also featured on Two Weeks to Live. The game’s host, meanwhile, is played by Michael sheen (Prodigal Son, Good omens, Masters of Sex). The actress Helen mccrory of Peaky blinders is also part of the role of the passionate lawyer of the couple.
It’s worth the detour ?
There were a thousand ways to tell the incredible story from the great cheating to the cult game Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ? and screenwriter James Graham, who is adapting his play here, chose to do it concisely, in 3 episodes, and removed. With the help of legend Stephen Frears as the director, he took the part of taking an amused look at this affair – yet dramatic in many ways – which recounts both yesterday’s England and today but also the sometimes destructive power of television on a fragile and easily influenced society. Another era, unless … We also discover its backstage not always shining, between greed and cynicism.
Beyond the performances of the actors, all remarkable, its playful tone and its rhythm which makes the viewing very pleasant, Quiz is particularly fascinating when it tells us the story within the story and moves away from the scandal in it. – even to go deeper into everything that happened around it, before and after. How real organized gangs have shown their ingenuity to win the game at all costs, how this apparently uneventful couple was able to come to this, how their defense was organized during the highly publicized trial that followed. .. Little by little, our gaze changes on Charles and Diana, to whom we have become attached, to the point of even doubting their guilt while everything accuses them. A debate that raged again when the series aired on ITV last spring. You will have to choose your side at the end!
Quiz is a completely English and quite successful mini-series, which manages to amuse, amaze and even move, with a hint of nostalgia for the 2000s, before the arrival of streaming and a different way of watching and to live the television, temporarily found during the recent confinement. We would even get frustrated that it was so short.