Twenty Twelve

Mockumentary about the team organising the London Olympics. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes and Olivia Colman

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2011 - 2012  (BBC Two / BBC Four)
Episodes:
13 (2 series)
Starring:
Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore, Karl Theobald, Vincent Franklin, Olivia Colman, Morven Christie, Samuel Barnett, Alex Beckett, Sara Pascoe, Joel Fry
Writers:
John Morton
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Written and directed by People Like Us writer John Morton and filmed in a similarly documentary style, Twenty Twelve follows the personal and professional challenges faced by those responsible for delivering the biggest show on earth - the 2012 London Olympics.

The Olympic Deliverance team must try to get through to the end of the day, the end of the week and the end of the year without all the wheels falling off at once.

The show deals with such hot topics as how to phase the traffic lights across London to get people from west to east; who to sell the Taekwondo hall to after the event; what to do when protesters leave large quantities of horse dung on the doorstep in protest at the siting of the equestrian events; and how to cope with sportsmen who want to help but are just too dull.

From getting a busload of non-English speaking Brazilians from A to B; who to appoint to run the Cultural Olympiad; and what to do when the much-vaunted wind turbines won't turn because there's no wind, 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.

In the second series (split into two parts), the pressure mounts as the Games get ever closer. The Olympic Deliverance team must try to navigate their way through such delicate issues as how to handle the Algerian team's demand for a mosque in the Olympic village; how to carry out a Legacy Audit on the rival bids for the Stadium when no one knows what a Legacy Audit is; and how to deliver value for money when there isn't any money.

Our Review: We loved Twenty Twelve, and would love to have seen more from the characters, albeit the premise probably makes that impossible.

Speaking in an interview in December 2012, Hugh Bonneville said: "We've talked about it quite a lot, but I think the clue's in the title. We genuinely talked about how they might go on to sort out the NHS or Armed Forces or even the BBC, which seems more pertinent than ever but probably the time has been and gone. I hope John Morton will come up with some other ideas, even may be with the same ensemble, but I can't quite see it."