Variety reports that Russell T. Davies, the openly gay creator of Bob and Rose and the original British Queer as Folk, is writing a screenplay about the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal that rocked the United Kingdom last month. After a monthlong trial, it was determined that contestant Major Charles Ingram, his wife, Diana, and college lecturer Tecwen Whittock had conspired to cheat their way to winning the show's 1 million pound prize. Whittock used coded coughs during the show to signal correct answers to Ingram.
Davies says he is approaching the Millionaire story as a tale of obsession and rivalry. "Like most people...I have been riveted by the unfolding story of this bizarre, doomed, and oddly endearing escapade," said Davies. "I have always loved tales of harebrained eccentrics, and I am having enormous fun working on this story." While the U.K.'s ITV ran a highly rated 90-minute documentary called Millionaire: A Major Fraud, Davies's producer, Celador Films, believes there is still more to be said on the subject. "The documentary revealed the bare facts, but it didn't get inside the heads of the three people involved," said Paul Smith, chairman at Celador. "There is a wonderfully funny and engaging story to be told."