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Quiz Review

The liberties of clumsy storytelling and fictitious recounts of true events are defended instantly by the black and white placard of “Some incidents and characters have been changed for dramatic purposes,” and while Quiz does change a hefty amount of both incident and character, its changes are remarkably odd and ineffective. Allegedly cheating his way to a £1 million win on gameshow Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the story of Charles Ingram is a simple one, but the right level of cannon fodder for a miniseries. All three were found guilty of cheating and conspiring to con the show, and it was typical tabloid fascination for the brief time the Chris Tarrant-hosted show was at the height of its popularity.

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The Queen Review

As the death of Princess Diana still lingers on the mind of tabloid consumers and freak royalist fans, The Queen wishes to depict the behind-the-scenes events of such a period. What was the impact on the Royal Family during this time? Frankly, I’ve always found it a bit ghoulish to consider what happened and why, but I have more interesting topics to engage myself with. I am not, however, able to resist the temptations of James Cromwell in a supporting role. He wowed me with The Young Pope, and I am hungry for more. Coinciding with the death of Diana came the birth of New Labour, and there is certainly room for an interesting contrast to take place here, and that it does. 

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