Quiz viewers spooked by Michael Sheen's perfect Chris Tarrant impression

Quiz viewers are absolutely losing their minds after being introduced to Michael Sheen’s pitch-perfect impression of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant in the new three-part drama.

Welsh actor Michael is truly transformative in his new role, donning a blonde wig, a West Midlands-lilt and, of course, a generous helping of fake tan.

The show adapts 2001’s ‘coughing major’ scandal for the screen – where Major Charles Ingram (Matthew MacFayden) and his wife Diana (Fleabag’s Sian Clifford) are accused of cheating their way to the jackpot on the ITV gameshow.

Accusations were levied that someone had been planted in the audience to help Charles – he would read each answer to a question aloud, and the plant would ‘cough’ on the correct answer.

And as soon as Sheen stepped onto the screen as the Brummie host, it seemed that fans at home were both enamoured and mildly shocked at the scale of his transformation.

‘How is Michael Sheen more like Chris Tarrant than the actual Chris Tarrant?’ one fan said.

Another enthused viewer agreed: ‘Sheen has nailed it.’

The writer of the serial also teased that viewers can expect to be ‘shaken’ from their certainties over the Ingrams’ guilt across the next two nights.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk and other press, James Graham revealed: ‘It’s a very human story. It’s a story most people think they know, I thought I knew it.

‘I remember watching the trial and the Martin Bashir documentary, [the Ingrams] seemed completely bang to rights.

‘I enjoyed the idea of asking questions on how objective reality is under threat but through the very unlikely story of a cheating scandal.’

Quiz continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV.

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