Twenty Twelve, Series 1
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Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore and Olivia Colman star in this mock-documentary following the challenges - both personal and professional - faced by the team responsible for delivering the biggest show on Earth: the 2012 Olympics. 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.
|1||VideoEpisode 1||With time ticking inexorably downwards the marketing team come up with a major public event to mark the 1,000 days to go milestone. A huge clock designed by a contemporary British artist The only problem is that the clock has a potentially disastrous design flaw which no-one seems to have noticed.||27:53||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||A visiting group of dignitaries from Rio (Olympic host in 2016) is in London for the week. For Head of Deliverance Ian Fletcher and his team the mission is simple. They have to get them across London in time to meet Lord Coe for an official reception at the Olympic Stadium. What can possibly go wrong?||29:23||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||It's another challenging week for Head of Deliverance, Ian Fletcher and his team. Roman remains have been discovered on the site of the Aquatics Centre, forcing them to contemplate radical last minute modifications to the design of the building.||28:18||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4||Dave Wellbeck is an ex-athlete, double Olympic silver medallist and in theory a natural choice as Brand Ambassador for Raising the Bar - a scheme to get young people inspired by Olympic ideals. He's hard working, conscientious and loyal but the truth is that he has about as much charisma as a dimmer switch. Ian and Siobhan have different views on how to deal with the problem.||29:15||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5||There are only three applicants for the post of Curator of the Cultural Olympiad so how difficult can it be select the best candidate? Ian and the team are about to find out when they are forced to go through a series of spectacular u-turns.||29:25||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6||The decision to hold equestrian events in Greenwich Park is one of the most controversial choices made by the Olympic authorities. Among the local residents against it is self-style maverick film director Tony Ward. Over thirty years have passed since his one and only successful film, so he’s had a lot of time to think about how angry he is and to plan his campaign of protest.||27:24||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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Not quite 'The Thick of it', but not that far off, with a similar style in the camerawork and comedy. The acting is spot on, and is also a little too believable - let's hope 2012 is better than this! Great fun overall, with lots of laughs.
Too close to home
I've had enough experience working with quangos to know just how realistic this series is. It is because the characters are only slightly larger than life that the comedy is so effective. This series is right up there along with father Ted and Alan Partridge. And don't forget that Dick Whittington, as they call him, could one day be Prime Minister - for real!
Why no HD?
This series is really great stuff, reminds me a lot of People Like Us.
The acting is great the script is very funny, and then comes iTunes and sells series 2 as HD and series 1 as SD.
If Apple want to sell their retina displays, they should sell content that supports that.
SD is not an option these days.