Twenty Twelve. Image shows from L to R: Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes), Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). Copyright: BBC
Twenty Twelve

Twenty Twelve

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two / BBC Four
  • 2011 - 2012
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Mockumentary about the team organising the London Olympics. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes and Olivia Colman. Also features Amelia Bullmore, Karl Theobald, Vincent Franklin, Morven Christie, Samuel Barnett and more.

Press clippings

Mrs Brown's Boys named best sitcom since 2000

Mrs Brown's Boys has come top of the Radio Times poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd August 2016

Radio Times launches a poll to name the best sitcom since 2000

Radio Times has launched a poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000. There are 40 shows in the shortlist.

British Comedy Guide, 19th July 2016

BBC orders Twenty Twelve spin-off W1A

The BBC is working on W1A, a spin-off from hit sitcom Twenty Twelve which will see the characters working at the corporation.

British Comedy Guide, 5th December 2013

Twenty Twelve spin-off in the pipeline

The spin-off is likely to see dithering Ian Fletcher taking on another major project and hiring his old colleagues to help out.

Nicola Methven, The Mirror, 11th May 2013

Twenty Twelve wins at South Bank Sky Arts awards

Jason Deans, The Guardian, 12th March 2013

At times this faux fly-on the wall documentary seemed like an actual fly-on-the-wall documentary as the hapless personnel on the Olympic Deliverance Committee lurched from one crisis to the next in ways that mirrored their real-life counterparts. Hugh Bonneville has never been better than as the charming, well-meaning boss Ian Fletcher and Jessica Hynes was brilliantly awful as dead-eyed, pin-headed PR officer Siobhan with her memorably daft ideas - like combining the Olympics with the Diamond Jubilee. Jubilympics, anyone?

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 28th December 2012

This was the year of Olympic memories - Danny Boyle's opening ceremony, the Queen ad-libbing with James Bond, a cascade of British Gold - but John Morton's comedy supplied the biggest laughs week after week. It was, in the words of Ian Fletcher, "all good".

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent, 22nd December 2012

Hugh Bonneville was at the centre of my favourite dramatic creation of the year, Twenty Twelve. His character, Ian Fletcher, was head of the Olympic Deliverance Commission.

"Deliverance" was a typical word for members of the commission to use. Throughout the series, the level of debased language was high, if you follow me.

Until the actual Olympics arrived and ruined everything by being delivered rather better than the show had led us to expect, the bunch of blunderers portrayed by the show looked and sounded as if they could have stayed up there forever. My favourite cretin on the squad was Siobhan Sharp, played by Jessica Hynes. Some critics thought that her hooting patter was unlikely but it matched a lot of the PR stuff to be heard in what I am increasingly reluctant to call real life.

Clive James, The Telegraph, 17th December 2012

Could there be a follow-up to Twenty Twelve?

Head of Deliverance Hugh Bonneville discusses the future of John Morton's hugely popular mockumentary.

Susanna Lazarus, Radio Times, 8th December 2012

Twenty Twelve, Series two, DVD review

James Lachno enjoys the second series of Twenty Twelve, the BBC's hilarious comedy satire on the organisation of the Olympic Games.

James Lachno, The Telegraph, 17th August 2012

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