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Twenty Twelve: The Complete Series (2012)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00965ZJT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,224 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Note: I wish both seasons of "Twenty Twelve" had been 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 recent 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 and Season Two of seven. 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).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite Show February 6, 2013
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I love this show. My only complaint is that there is not more it. Twenty Twelve follows the fake Olympic Deliverance Commission as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic games. The cast of characters is highlighted by established comedic and dramatic British actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, and Olivia Colman. The more they say, the more you realize that they're all good at talking, but not at creating anything of substance. The show follow The Office style of filming, but each exchange is carefully crafted to feel as real as possible while still leaving you laughing and frustrated. Its too bad that BBC America buried this late on a weekend night, because I think it could have been huge in the states. However, that has now been remedied by the release of the complete series on DVD. The only thing lacking is special features as the included cast and crew interviews are all too short. There may only be 13 episodes, but they're well worth the money if you like absurdist comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you liked The Office... April 4, 2014
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I first saw this a couple years ago and am buying the DVDs for an American friend who wants to see it - it is like The Office but with bumbling Government officials and staff in charge of organising the London Olympics. Painfully funny and brilliantly cringey, it stars Hugh Bonneville (now of Downton Abbey fame) and lots of well-known UK actors. Actual Olympic athletes & officials like Seb Coe do cameos which give it that added veneer of reality - so so funny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful series January 14, 2014
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This too-short series is packed full of the driest of dry British humor. You can't go wrong with viewing this. I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically Real January 29, 2013
I really wish they had been able to continue this series, it is absolutely priceless. Some people will hate it (my husband) but I loved it and couldn't wait to buy the DVD. It is so realistic and SO funny. I actually started reading the newspapers to see what would happen next in London because of what I was seeing when watching Twenty twelve, and as I read the paper it was as if it was a satire piece about the Olympics! Twisted my mind in a great way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this series--extremely funny! January 15, 2013
It's a shame this didn't make it to the US, because this is one of the funniest series I've even seen. I'd highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2012 - Loved It! January 28, 2014
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Clever writing, excellent acting and a topical subject - wonder if the Russians had similar problems - made this series a total laugh out loud, as well as snicker at the subtle humor the British do so well. You may think of it as a current and encapsulated comedy of manners about our approach to business, meetings, political correctness, passive-aggressive territorial protection. You will likely see your boss, your mate, your best friend and yourself among the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British satire, politics, and fun November 13, 2013
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hysterical. If you like the American TV "The Office", you'll enjoy. gringe comedy. Engish relatives said it mirrored real Olympic problems.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and clever Brit mockumentary series
If you're a fan of Chris Guest-style mockumentaries, or the Brit mockumentary series "People Like Us", this is another very funny and clever mockumentary mini-series that... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Karen511
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny tv show.
We saw the series on tv and adored it. this is such a funny send up of people trying to look efficient when they are in over their heads. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amy Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Replete with idiotic politically correct doublespeak
Hilarious. Replete with idiotic politically correct doublespeak, bureaucratic bungling and asinine characters as only the British can do. I laughed myself silly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peg flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sterling Example of British Comedy at Its Very Best
I learned of Twenty Twelve when it was recently broadcast on a PBS station in the Washington, DC area, and I was enthralled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mkblev
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BBC Comedy: Organizational Insanity
If you missed this series on BBC America, you need to get the DVDs! As leader of the team responsible for making the 2012 London Olympics happen on time and on budget, Hugh... Read more
Published 15 months ago by G. Parks
3.0 out of 5 stars appealed to my sense of humor
This is a zany comedy but not sure it would appeal to everyone. I use ear phones so British dialogue easier to understand.
Published 15 months ago by Marjorie Radke
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely funny.
This show is very funny. The characters were wonderfully created. If you've ever sat through an inane business meeting with people trying to one up each other, then you'll... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you like british comedy this is a good one loved all actors real funny fast shipping nicem to see what might have happend for the summer games lol lol
Published 17 months ago by D. Hayes
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