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Twenty Twelve - Series 1 and 2 [DVD]

Hugh Bonneville , Olivia Colman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Colman, Vincent Franklin, Jessica Hynes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VBVT38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All thirteen episodes from the first and second series of the BBC mockumentary comedy following the trials and tribulations of the team responsible for staging the 2012 London Olympic Games. Narrator David Tennant guides the audience through events as Head of Deliverance Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) and his support team, including PR operative Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes), Head of Sustainability Kay Hope (Amelia Bullmore) and straight-talking Yorkshire man Nick Jowett (Vincent Franklin), take charge of a £9 billion budget. In the first series, the team must somehow keep the event on track as they face confronting challenges including horse dung oriented protests, what on earth to do with the Taekwondo hall after the games and sports stars with a desire to help but absolutely no personality. In the second series, the team have to deal with a dispute over the Shared Belief Centre when both Algeria and France threaten to withdraw from the Olympics.

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Twenty Twelve Series 1 & 2 Box Set Filmed in a documentary style, Twenty Twelve 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 Series 2 cameras continue to follow the men and women responsible for delivering the London Olympic Games as they paddle increasingly hard to keep the games on track and on budget. The challenges they face in this series include finding a way of presenting the future of the Olympic Stadium post Games as something other than a complete shambles, how to get the Olympic Torch Relay Route to go through Shropshire, exactly how best to market "Jubilympics" as a joint branding venture between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, and the series kicks off with the team facing their biggest challenge yet when the Algerian team threaten to boycott the games after discovering that the Shared Belief Centre does not face Mecca. Twenty Twelve, the hilarious forerunner to the W1A, the comedic look at life inside the Beeb with voice overs by David Tennant.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest show in years! "Classic!" 22 Mar 2013
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Before I begin, I should point out that I do not buy DVDs for repeat viewing hence the very fact that I am reviewing this brilliantly funny series after buying the boxset is exceptional in itself. I stumbled on one episode of "Twenty Twelve" during a very long transatlantic flight and what a find! How has it flown so far under the radar?!!

I desperately searched online and read the reviews which tended to be mainly in the broadsheets and on the strength of just one episode I did the unthinkable and bought the boxset!

I could write all day about the characters, the quality of the acting on show here, etc, etc, etc but it is the writing which is just sheer satirical genius. I really cannot single any one actor out as the whole ensemble is just fantastic, each with their own catchphrases which never seem corny or forced.

Jessica "totally" Hynes, Olivia "not a problem" Coleman & the wonderful, wonderful Karl "Classic!" Theobold are just three of the superb actors who deserve a special mention. If you are looking for a witty, hilariously brilliant, laugh out loud, clever comedy, then PLEASE watch this!

Beware of the ending though as you will be left begging for more which although frustrating for the viewer is exactly how a comedy series like this should end. Many comedy series have troughs and peaks but one of the main things I love so much about Twenty twelve is that every episode is as good if not better than the last.

In my top 3 of all time now and as Graham Hitchens would say a "Classic!"
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 21 May 2013
By janex
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I saw this on TV and thought it was very funny. It seemed underrated by audience and critics at the time. It surprised me that more people weren't watching it. I wonder how many other countries would produce something like this which appears to make fun of something which so much national prestige is attached to! And good for Seb Coe that he agreed to take part. Another triumph for the Olympic spirit in the UK.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely pre-Games bonus in Olympic year 25 Aug 2012
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I saw - and enjoyed - a couple of episodes of 'Twenty Twelve' on TV, then read several very enthusiastic reviews, so I bought this set. It absolutely lives up to expectations. The idea of a reality TV documentary following the fortunes of a well-meaning but incompetent (and frequently unlucky) Olympic organising committee was a clever one, and the sharp script, excellent acting and production generally do it proud. Ian Fletcher, Head of the Committee, played by Hugh Bonneville, is a man constantly on the verge of panic and constantly having to hide the fact, and his team do almost nothing to reduce his blood pressure and a lot to increase it - that is with the exception of Sally, his P.A., who is his unassuming saving grace on many occasions. The growing chemistry between Fletcher and Sally adds a welcome connecting strand throughout the series. All the players are excellent, but in addition to Bonneville, whose every facial expression tells us almost as much as the script he delivers, there has to be a special word for Jessica Hynes as Siobhan, Head of Brand, whose stream of management-marketing-babble is a tour de force from both the writers and the actress. The whole thing is bound together by a pitch-perfect voice-over from David Tennant. There are so many funny situations - I'll mention only the planting of the tree beside the Thames, bedevilled by planning restrictions and finally the realisation that no-one has brought the seed, so a chocolate has to be used instead. handed solemnly as the media watch and record from a puzzled Tanni Grey-Thompson to a female footballer, Corrie Taylor, who duly plants it, equally bewildered. It's bizarre, surreal and very, very amusing. I enjoyed the real Games thoroughly and am very glad that they were the success that this unfortunate group could never have brought about, but this affectionate parody has its small place as one of the highlights of Olympic year - cleverly conceived, beautifully executed and very, very enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Had seen most of the second series and some of the first when first shown on T.V., both of which I loved. The characters and situations were often uncomfortably near the truth in the pre-Olympics days, and at the time a lot of people were pretty cynical about what the Games would turn out like and the potential for disaster. So it is good to have fun and look back nostalgically to what might have happened, safe in the knowledge that the the 2012 Olympics were such a great success.

It's also nice to have something to fill a half hour slot if the T.V. programmes are uninteresting at times during the evening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally OK, Sure. 1 Aug 2013
Cleverly concieved plot (Whoever came up with it!) and brilliantly performed by all involved. There's so much going on and so much fast talking (including the occasional jibberish) that I had to get my own set to get the details right. One could describe the whole package as 'a highly entertaining load of old bollocks' to quote Nick Jowett. And that's meant as a compliment.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious mockumentary 29 July 2012
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Organising the Olympics is not an easy job and Ian Fletcher has his hands full trying to solve one hopeless situation after another. Fortunately for him he is an ideal leader in a crisis. Cool headed and cautiously optimistic. The problems usually get solved either by accident, luck or by simply accepting the fact its to late to do anything about it and its best, by unofficial mutual agreement, not to say or do anything more about it. His staff are, with the exception of his assistant, not really helpful though they try to be in their own more or less useless fashion. Graham, head of infrastructure, couldn't run a toy train if his life depended on it, Kay, head of sustainability is well meaning but can't really make herself heard or get respect. Nick, head of contracts, is a down to earth Yorkshire man. He won't have any of it and though he is the common sense man nobody really listens to him. And last but not by any means least : Siobhan, head of brand. She's in charge of all PR work relating to the olympics. Never short of ideas,buzz words, slang or new projects to launch. Unfortunately she can't really finish anything or contribute other than chaos to an often bad situation.
The stories are well written, humerous and typical not just of the Olympics but of any major event anywhere. We have all been in one of these situations or worked with one of the characters at one time or another. The actors are well cast and have their characters down to perfection. Hugh bonneville is perfect as Ian Fletcher and Jessica Hynes is brilliant as Sioban Sharpe. Her performance is outstanding and is equal to that of Nigel Hawthornes portrayal of sir Humphrey Appleby in Yes minister. The only sad thing about this series is that only two series have been made. The BBC should have made a lot more episodes since both the writers and actors do such a great job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quite funny but very repetitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant and very funny
Published 11 days ago by L. Sims Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I was bored by this attempt at formula humour.
Published 14 days ago by J. Hallam
5.0 out of 5 stars Some won't get it, but it's really funny if you do!
An understated comedy that really pokes fun at the bureaucracy of bureaucracy! Lol
Published 21 days ago by Christopher Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympic legacy....
John Morton's 'documentaries' are hugely entertaining. I watched the originals but Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hines, Amelia Bullmore - well,all the principals - make this a real... Read more
Published 27 days ago by NEIL
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered it was
As good as I remembered it was. This series has gained in nostalgia what it has lost in immediacy. Those meetings.....
Published 1 month ago by julie anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, witty, perfection.
I gather opinion is rather divided about this show, but we LOVED it! There is some brilliant observational comedy in this show, so many of the characters seem familiar. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hand over the toffees
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Didn't see it first time round, but bought this after seeing W1A. Really clever, great characters and superb dig at corporate bull***t.
Published 2 months ago by Chris Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Another BBC comedy gem.
As a fan of this style of 'reality mockumentary' I loved everything about it. A superb cast, superb script and delivered with such masterful dead pan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a slow start but stick with it!
I nearly gave up on this box set as it was a bit boring to begin with. However soon the characters develop and the series takes off. Very enjoyable easy viewing.
Published 2 months ago by K. Farrell
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