New to Lightbox in June

In a sign of the looming merger between Lightbox and Sky, both platforms will premiere on the same day the dramatisation of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal, Quiz.

It will stream weekly on Lightbox from 8.30 on June 25 — the same time it goes to air on SoHo.

The three-part series is adapted from James Graham’s West End play of the same name.

It’s based on the real-life ‘coughing Major’ scandal that besmirched the popular ITV quiz show in 2001.

Major Charles Ingram, his wife Diana Ingram and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the UK version of what was the most popular game show in the world at the time.

Matthew Macfadyen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory and Michael Sheen star.

Said The Guardian of the top-rating adaptation:

Once the nuts and bolts are dealt with and the focus shifts to the Ingrams and life among normal humans outside the TV studios, the drama becomes as addictive as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? proved.

Clifford, Macfadyen and Trystan Gravelle as Diana’s brother Adrian who – along with his proliferating debts – provides the catalyst for the family’s involvement, humanise the story while still leaving you boggling at its fathomless oddities.

If not for the tie-up with Sky’s streaming service Neon, and the dual run on SoHo, Quiz would have been available to binge in its entirety on Lightbox, as all three eps aired last month in the UK.

At least Lightbox will premiere as a box set the US network TV drama series, Proven Innocent.

It aired on Fox TV last year and stars Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome) as a lawyer who works for an underdog criminal defence firm while searching for the killer whose crimes saw her wrongfully imprisoned years earlier.

Riley Smith (Frequency), Russell Hornsby (The Affair) and Kelsey Grammer co-star.

Reviews were middling at best. “Grammer’s performance is his most puffily villainous yet, making Sideshow Bob of The Simpsons look complex and soft-spoken,” Variety quipped while The Hollywood Reporter summed it up as “Proven uninspired“.

Heading the new movies to rent on Lightbox will be Bloodshot (June 3) and The Invisible Man (June 17), along with:

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10 Responses to “New to Lightbox in June”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    May 27, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Hey Phil. Any sign of DC Universe’s Stargirl or is it unsold in the market like Doom Patrol?

  2. I feel envious of the USA with HBO Max. So many amazing shows and movies 🙂

  3. Not sure, Brian. WB TV is the distributor so you would think TVNZ would have first option. Then again, it did offload its Arrowverse shows to Sky, which used them to spearhead the launch of Sky 5, only to later relegate them to Neon. Will see what I can find out …

  4. Yes, Trevor, looks like a great service (it’s just added all the Harry Potter movies). But incredibly it’s not launching in 4K HDR like Disney +.

  5. That is weird, not that I have got a 4K HDR TV but I will probably get one one day 🙂

  6. Thanks Phil. If Stargirl goes the way of Titans it will be on Netflix after the weekly season run in the USA. Looking forward to Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern series for HBO Max. And JJ Abrams’ Justice League Dark.

  7. Watched Quiz the other week through alternative means after not being able to find any screening information in NZ. I’ve always been fascinated by the tale.It’s an interesting execution of the story and even made me reconsider whether I thought the group was guilty or not for a brief period.

  8. Thanks for you your thoughts, Clint. Looking forward to seeing it myself. Never hesitate to submit programme titles you’d like me to check out with the networks.

  9. Yes! I should have asked!

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