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Deadpan Comedy Brilliance,
This review is from: Twenty Twelve - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
It was no surprise to me to discover the chap who wrote this, John Morton, had People Like Us amongst his previous credits. If you like one you are almost certain to like the other. The style here is a brilliant mix of the deadpan, the wry and the absurd played out by a cast admirably maintaining straight faces throughout. People Like Us is the most obvious precursor I think, but it'd be hard to deny there are also traces of the immortal I'm Alan Partridge (and so, by default, what with it taking so much of it's own cue from IAP, The Office).
I found every episode of Twenty Twelve consistently amusing, at the least, and peppered with genuine laugh-out-loud lines, exchanges and situations. Of the decade so far, I'd say it ranks up there with Facejacker as an instant-classic and indeed, it's already high in the list of best of this century. Personally, I just hope they find time to make another series before the Olympics gets under way. I'd look forward to that more than the Olympics themselves!
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2013 22:44:11 GMT
A. Holliday says:
There may also be a slight hint of the show its a blatant remake and ripoff of. But no, no mention at all. See 'The Games' for more.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013 01:34:23 GMT
Mr Coyote says:
Was 'The Games' broadcast in England? I haven't seen it anyhow. I see a big parallel in humour and style between Twenty Twelve and People Like Us, to the point where any one episode of Twenty Twelve could be mistaken for an episode of People Like Us. Is it particular remarks or situations that were copied? I wouldn't agree if your main thing is "mockumentary set around the Olympics so it's a ripoff", because really to me it's just "Series of People Like Us episodes based around the Olympics". (With some I'm Alan Partridge and others thrown in.)
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