Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore and Olivia Colman star in this new comedy following the challenges – both personal and professional – faced by the team responsible for delivering the biggest show on Earth, the 2012 London Olympics.
You’re organising one of the most significant events in the world. You’ve got £9bn to spend and plenty of time before the deadline. What can possibly go wrong? Follow the deliverance team as they do their level best to get to the end of the day, the end of the week - and, ideally - the end of the Olympics without all the wheels coming off at once.
Narrated by David Tennant, Twenty Twelve deliciously sends up everyone from marketing creatives and PRs to web designers. Heading the team is the frequently embattled Ian Fletcher, played by Hugh Bonneville, whose key attribute is the ability to remain relentlessly up-beat about everything even when all available evidence points in the opposite direction.Jessica Hynes is the scene-stealing clueless "head of brand" and Lord Coe even makes a cameo appearance.
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 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.
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Brilliant short series. Even if you don't like sport, if you enjoy a really sharp comic script, you will love this. The actors are all excellent and ideal in their role. The BBC at its very best.