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Twenty Twelve: The Complete Series (DVD)
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Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville stars in the BBC's hilarious mockumentary-style comedy about the organizers of the 2012 London Olympics. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Olivia Colman (Peep Show) and Amelia Bullmore (State of Play) star in this fly on the wall comedy about the people working behind the scenes to make the 2012 Olympics happen in London. Filmed in the same faux-documentary style of The Office, Twenty Twelve finds hilarity in how a huge bureaucracy deals with petty details such as how to phase the traffic lights across London to get people from west to east, what to do with the Taekwondo hall after the event, and how to cope with publicity-seeking athletes with less than stellar media skills. This intrepid team must decide who should run the Cultural Olympiad and figure out what to do when the much-vaunted wind turbines won't turn because there's no wind. Basic ineptitude rises to the surface when these men and women attempt to stage the greatest sporting event in the world.]]>
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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).Read more ›
If you like British comedy and you've ever experienced the craziness of corporate culture, this series if for you.
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Great fun. If you like W1A, this is more of the same, fine, not-so-much-a-parody of bureaucracy. A modern Yes Minister.Published 16 days ago by Notary Sojac
VERY FUNNY - I enjoyed this idiotic farce that puts Olympic Games committees in total perspective. Only the British can mock them selves with such a "serious face". Read morePublished 6 months ago by fred
This series is so well done. Wry, understated humor. Excellent cast. I laughed throughout.
However, the DVD was flawed. Read more
We love Hugh Bonneville's acting. but we couldn't sit and watch this. It was a waste of time.Published 9 months ago by Eileen Ferguson
Absolutely marvellous!! Don't think that these 6+ hours of the 2010 and 2012 BBC series have passed their sell- by date or only apply to the Olympics just because the topical... Read morePublished 10 months ago by They
Extremely funny. Loved the characters who say a lot without really saying anything of substance. Gets funnier with each viewing. A first class British series!Published 11 months ago by angie cee
I sent this as a gift. I had seen it on BBC America when it originally aired. If you like clever British comedies then you will truly enjoy thisPublished 12 months ago by linda elness