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Twenty Twelve - Series 1-2 [DVD] [2012]

4.7 out of 5 stars 268 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VBVT38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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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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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I missed most of these thirteen episodes when they were originally televised and bought the box set due to a vague memory, a strong recommendation from a family member and a classic Amazon deal. This hilarious mockumentary, narrated by serious David Tennant, chronicles the trials and tribulations of the management team of the Olympic Deliverance Commission headed by Hugh Bonneville’s indomitable folding-bicycle commuter Ian Fletcher, as they attempt to organise the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The tremendously witty script delivered with The Thick Of It pace combined with the high quality ensemble comedy performance makes watching this a totally cool experience. Totally. The issues which have to be overcome by the team such as the unearthing of Roman remains, a possible boycott, traffic congestion, security concerns, inclusivity, royal involvement, marketing and most importantly legacy (or rather sustainability) have a genuine feel of authenticity. After giggling my way almost non-stop through each episode I would thoroughly recommend purchasing a copy, and I don’t care who you are. Enjoy.
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What a comic creation this is. Understated and subtle, a joy to watch. Captures the absurdity of commitees and corporate bs perfectly.
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Funny inparts, good dialogue but very very repetative
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Just as good as it gets. Hard to think of a programme that gives a better example of what "British humour" is.
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Really funny show and take on the upcoming Olympics organisation process. The humour is very sharp and human, I enjoyed it a lot, can't wait for the second series.

An absolute highlight for me is Jessica Hynes' performance, probably even her best so far!
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Good, and one believes rather helplessly that this maybe how "vacant" and Facebook oriented generations in corporate Britain function....even though Hugh Bonneville acts very well as someone battling the system with honest intentions and real problems (and Jessica Haynes too as 'like' a fluffy PR executive [no disrespect intended to PR execs]...). The acting is good; the script is quite good...in places quite predictable, but alas in no way as sharp as the old classic English comedies like Yes PM or the new Ambassadors. Still better than alot of aimless, unfunny, rather dumb "escapist" comedies that are forever floating around [sigh]... 3.5 star or maybe just a 4 at best IMO.
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Another gem from this team....
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