Twenty Twelve

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Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore and Olivia Colman star in this mock-documentary following the challenges faced by the team responsible for delivering the biggest show on Earth: the 2012 London Olympics. It's all in a day's work for the men and women whose job it is to stage the greatest sporting event in the world.
Starring
Hugh BonnevilleJessica HynesOlivia Colman
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    March 14, 2011
    28min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    With time ticking inexorably downwards the marketing team come up with a major public event to mark the 1,000 days to go milestone. A huge clock designed by a contemporary British artist. The only problem is that the clock has a potentially disastrous design flaw which no-one seems to have noticed.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    March 21, 2011
    29min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A visiting group of dignitaries from Rio (the Olympic host in 2016) is in London for the week. For Head of Deliverance Ian Fletcher and his team the mission is simple. They have to get them across London in time to meet Lord Coe for an official reception at the Olympic Stadium. What can possibly go wrong?
  3. 3. Episode 3
    March 28, 2011
    28min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    It's another challenging week for Head of Deliverance, Ian Fletcher and his team. Roman remains have been discovered on the site of the Aquatics Center, forcing them to contemplate radical last minute modifications to the design of the building.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    April 4, 2011
    29min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dave Wellbeck is an ex-athlete, double Olympic silver medalist and in theory a natural choice as Brand Ambassador for Raising the Bar - a scheme to get young people inspired by Olympic ideals. He's hard working, conscientious and loyal but the truth is that he has about as much charisma as a dimmer switch. Ian and Siobhan have different views on how to deal with the problem.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    April 11, 2011
    29min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    There are only three applicants for the post of Curator of the Cultural Olympiad so how difficult can it be to select the best candidate? Ian and the team are about to find out when they are forced to go through a series of spectacular u-turns.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    April 18, 2011
    27min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The decision to hold equestrian events in Greenwich Park is one of the most controversial choices made by the Olympic authorities. Among the local residents against it is self-style maverick film director Tony Ward. Over thirty years have passed since his one and only successful film, so he's had a lot of time to think about how angry he is and to plan his campaign of protest.

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Directors
John Morton
Supporting actors
Amelia Bullmore
Producers
Paul SchlesingerJon Plowman
Season year
2011
Network
BBC America
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Arlene BradleyReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Thank God these people had nothing to do with London 2012
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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.
2 people found this helpful
M. MaraReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mocumentary Style Brilliant Comedy
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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)!
3 people found this helpful
Anne SwanReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for fans of W1A or as an intro to British humor / spoof of corporate culture; great acting from well-known cast members
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If you're a fan of W1A, the BBC send-up available in 2017, you'll love this earlier program which has some of the same actors and also spoofs "corporate culture." You'll laugh out loud.
One person found this helpful
MSMargaretReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best of Brit Wit!
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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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Ray D. WhiteReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty dry.
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Pretty dry, with some moments of awkward, cringe-worthy hilarity. Hugh Bonneville is great as the clueless marketing guy.
Simon BarberReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Same team that did W1A spoof of the BBC. ...
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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.
msurteesReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A hidden treasure.
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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.
StefReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I was using Alexa to find movie 2012 did not rent this.
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