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on September 13, 2012
This series is terrific from the first moment, unlike many shows that don't hit their stride for several episodes. The cast, including Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes, is terrific. The review complaining that this is a streaming video rather than DVD that only gave it one star should be removed! It is unfair to give the SHOW a bad review for that reason!
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on February 4, 2016
Who knew the Lord of Downton Abbey was also a great comedic actor?!? Great idea for a really funny Mocumentary, the team in charge of the 2012 Olympics in London. Another highlight is the actress who plays the role of a dim wit and incompetent PR person. If you enjoy this then check out W1A, the Mocumentary series that follows Hugh Bonneville's character after the Olympics when he is hired to work with even more incompetents at the BBC. A hilarious follow-up series to Twenty Twelve. If you loved the British version of The Office, this is the show for you (and W1A too)!
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on May 10, 2013
To this American, there is nothing like Brit Wit and this is the best of it. The scripts are amazing. Tongues deeply implanted in cheeks. Only the Brits could make impending, but minor, disasters and truly silly bureacracy so funny. You will not like all of the characters but if you have ever worked in any sort of large business or government organization, you will recognize.them. The wonderful writers give us permission to laugh WITH some and AT some. Hugh Bonneville is an extraordinary actor. I have seen him as a vicious meany, Lord Downton and now the most amazing "rolls off his back like water off of a duck" Boss/Comic. Not to be missed.
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on February 4, 2014
I found very few of the parts funny. Boring in many sections and rambling. If I had to hear Jessica Hynes say "Oh yes cool, that's cool" again, I would have smashed my screen. Which is a shame, because I like her and have seen her in many great parts, but not this one. The three reasons this got 2 stars instead of 1 are Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Colman, and the narration of David Tennant. Hugh Bonneville, the much put upon boss was great in this and his facial expressions with the things going on were priceless. Olivia Colman as the PA was the only one of the staff who knew what they were doing. Her lovelorn crush on boss Hugh was sad and funny. Then their is David Tennant, his narration was the funniest part of this series, and besides I would sit and listen to him speak about anything - even a telephone book.
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on September 2, 2015
A hidden treasure. This is so funny and refreshing. Not the lame one liners as in most American comedies. Also fortunately missing are the innuendos that all American comedies constantly throw in as if they're written by 13 year old boys.

Clever and fun.
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on November 9, 2015
Same team that did W1A spoof of the BBC. I have been involved in several endeavours closely akin to the subject matter of Twenty Twelve. Encountered precisely the brand of idiocy depicted here, especially the witless wonder from the PR agency. Oh, and the episode on the bus with the visiting dignitaries and clueless driver? Been there, suffered that. Priceless.
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Note: I wish both seasons of "Twenty Twelve" were packaged and released for all markets prior to the Olympic Games! Seems like great cross-promotional opportunity was missed!

A perfect companion piece for the current 2012 Olympic games, "Twenty Twelve" is so of-the-moment that I'm afraid it will be forgotten soon after the games end. And that would be a shame! This incisive British mockumentary series expertly skewers the trails and tribulations of the individuals responsible for prepping London for the impending competition. Shot over two seasons, the entire run of the series is only 13 episodes with Season One comprised of six of those. I watched both seasons back to back and that seemed an ideal prelude to seeing the Olympics in an amusing new light. What "Twenty Twelve" does well, it does exceedingly well. Strikingly, the show feels both incredibly real and absolutely absurd and this is a difficult balancing act to pull off. It's not an easy job preparing for a world event, and our hapless heroes are tasked with making everyone content at every moment in the most politically correct manner possible. And that's a task that just might be too big! The humor, for the most part, is quite subtle but there are plenty of big laughs as ordinary plans tend to go way off track into escalating mayhem.

The episodes are shot in a faux documentary style complete with a hysterical narration that points out the obvious at every turn. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) plays the head of the Deliverance Committee and, although often flustered, he tries to maintain the voice of reason throughout. His staff includes Amelia Bullmore (Head of Sustainability), Vincent Franklin (Head of Contracts), Karl Theobald (Head of Infrastructure), and Jessica Hynes (Head of Brand). An invaluable Olivia Colman plays Bonneville's too-good-to-be-true assistant and her palpable longing for him is one of the show's most effective and bittersweet elements. Long running gags include Theobald's challenge with the impending traffic nightmare (and aversion to deadlines) and Bullmore's struggle delineating Sustainability and Legacy. I know it doesn't sound funny, but the ridiculous distinction between these two departments really sticks out in my mind! For my money, though, the MVP of "Twenty Twelve" is Hynes. Maybe I have had nothing but negative interactions with Public Relations professionals, but Hynes nails the indifference, cluelessness, and sheer obliviousness of someone who hasn't any real contribution to give but still thinks they're in charge. She is so funny and scarily real.

I can understand why some may feel that "Twenty Twelve" lacks expected jokes. It does. Instead, it mines its humor from realistic situations. It falls closer in the comedy spectrum to satire than to anything else. While most of my favorite episodes pop up in Season Two, the ill-fated bus journey of Episode Two and the motivational speaking in Episode Four are absolutely priceless. If you like British humor, I highly suggest you check out "Twenty Twelve." Colman and Bonneville were both nominated for BAFTAs for their work on the series, but the cast is uniformly expert. And one more shout-out to Hynes for her astute and memorable performance. One more way to celebrate the 2012 games, I had quite a bit of fun with this one. KGHarris, 8/12.
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A perfect companion piece for the current 2012 Olympic games, "Twenty Twelve" is so of-the-moment that I'm afraid it will be forgotten soon after the games end. And that would be a shame! This incisive British mockumentary series expertly skewers the trails and tribulations of the individuals responsible for prepping London for the impending competition. Shot over two seasons, the entire run of the series is only 13 episodes with Season One comprised of six of those. I watched both seasons back to back and that seemed an ideal prelude to seeing the Olympics in an amusing new light. What "Twenty Twelve" does well, it does exceedingly well. Strikingly, the show feels both incredibly real and absolutely absurd and this is a difficult balancing act to pull off. It's not an easy job preparing for a world event, and our hapless heroes are tasked with making everyone content at every moment in the most politically correct manner possible. And that's a task that just might be too big! The humor, for the most part, is quite subtle but there are plenty of big laughs as ordinary plans tend to go way off track into escalating mayhem.

The episodes are shot in a faux documentary style complete with a hysterical narration that points out the obvious at every turn. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) plays the head of the Deliverance Committee and, although often flustered, he tries to maintain the voice of reason throughout. His staff includes Amelia Bullmore (Head of Sustainability), Vincent Franklin (Head of Contracts), Karl Theobald (Head of Infrastructure), and Jessica Hynes (Head of Brand). An invaluable Olivia Colman plays Bonneville's too-good-to-be-true assistant and her palpable longing for him is one of the show's most effective and bittersweet elements. Long running gags include Theobald's challenge with the impending traffic nightmare (and aversion to deadlines) and Bullmore's struggle delineating Sustainability and Legacy. I know it doesn't sound funny, but the ridiculous distinction between these two departments really sticks out in my mind! For my money, though, the MVP of "Twenty Twelve" is Hynes. Maybe I have had nothing but negative interactions with Public Relations professionals, but Hynes nails the indifference, cluelessness, and sheer obliviousness of someone who hasn't any real contribution to give but still thinks they're in charge. She is so funny and scarily real.

I can understand why some may feel that "Twenty Twelve" lacks expected jokes. It does. Instead, it mines its humor from realistic situations. It falls closer in the comedy spectrum to satire than to anything else. While most of my favorite episodes pop up in Season Two, the ill-fated bus journey of Episode Two and the motivational speaking in Episode Four are absolutely priceless. If you like British humor, I highly suggest you check out "Twenty Twelve." Colman and Bonneville were both nominated for BAFTAs for their work on the series, but the cast is uniformly expert. And one more shout-out to Hynes for her astute and memorable performance. One more way to celebrate the 2012 games, I had quite a bit of fun with this one. KGHarris, 8/12.
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A perfect companion piece for the current 2012 Olympic games, "Twenty Twelve" is so of-the-moment that I'm afraid it will be forgotten soon after the games end. And that would be a shame! This incisive British mockumentary series expertly skewers the trails and tribulations of the individuals responsible for prepping London for the impending competition. Shot over two seasons, the entire run of the series is only 13 episodes with Season One comprised of six of those. I watched both seasons back to back and that seemed an ideal prelude to seeing the Olympics in an amusing new light. What "Twenty Twelve" does well, it does exceedingly well. Strikingly, the show feels both incredibly real and absolutely absurd and this is a difficult balancing act to pull off. It's not an easy job preparing for a world event, and our hapless heroes are tasked with making everyone content at every moment in the most politically correct manner possible. And that's a task that just might be too big! The humor, for the most part, is quite subtle but there are plenty of big laughs as ordinary plans tend to go way off track into escalating mayhem.

The episodes are shot in a faux documentary style complete with a hysterical narration that points out the obvious at every turn. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) plays the head of the Deliverance Committee and, although often flustered, he tries to maintain the voice of reason throughout. His staff includes Amelia Bullmore (Head of Sustainability), Vincent Franklin (Head of Contracts), Karl Theobald (Head of Infrastructure), and Jessica Hynes (Head of Brand). An invaluable Olivia Colman plays Bonneville's too-good-to-be-true assistant and her palpable longing for him is one of the show's most effective and bittersweet elements. Long running gags include Theobald's challenge with the impending traffic nightmare (and aversion to deadlines) and Bullmore's struggle delineating Sustainability and Legacy. I know it doesn't sound funny, but the ridiculous distinction between these two departments really sticks out in my mind! For my money, though, the MVP of "Twenty Twelve" is Hynes. Maybe I have had nothing but negative interactions with Public Relations professionals, but Hynes nails the indifference, cluelessness, and sheer obliviousness of someone who hasn't any real contribution to give but still thinks they're in charge. She is so funny and scarily real.

I can understand why some may feel that "Twenty Twelve" lacks expected jokes. It does. Instead, it mines its humor from realistic situations. It falls closer in the comedy spectrum to satire than to anything else. While most of my favorite episodes pop up in Season Two, the ill-fated bus journey of Episode Two and the motivational speaking in Episode Four are absolutely priceless. If you like British humor, I highly suggest you check out "Twenty Twelve." Colman and Bonneville were both nominated for BAFTAs for their work on the series, but the cast is uniformly expert. And one more shout-out to Hynes for her astute and memorable performance. One more way to celebrate the 2012 games, I had quite a bit of fun with this one. KGHarris, 8/12.
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on December 20, 2012
All the elements that make great British TV are here - great writing, wonderful actors and unique story lines. Don't be put off because it's centered on the Olypics - it's just fodder for the cannon! It could just as easily been centered on the manufacturing of widgets and been as amusing! I stumbled on this by accident and couldn't be more pleased to have it in my library!
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