BBC America Warms Up For London Olympics With British Hit Comedy Twenty Twelve Starring Hugh Bonneville
via press release:
New York – Thursday, April 19, 2012 – As BBC AMERICA warms up for the London Olympics, the actors and creators of some of Britain’s most iconic comedies come together for a new comedy, Twenty Twelve, premiering in the US in June as part of BBC AMERICA’s Saturday night comedy block the Ministry of Laughs. Starring Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Olivia Colman (Peep Show), Amelia Bullmore (I’m Alan Partridge), Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It), and Karl Theobald (Green Wing) and narrated by David Tennant (The Spies of Warsaw, Doctor Who) – the documentary style comedy follows the team responsible for delivering the biggest show on earth: the London Olympics. Twenty Twelve premieres Saturday, June 30 as part of the Ministry of Laughs.
From executive producer Jon Plowman (The Office, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous) and writer John Morton (People Like Us), Twenty Twelve (12 x 30) is a BBC production, distributed by BBC Worldwide and has been acquired by BBC AMERICA.
The British comedy series is about the people paddling hard beneath the water to make the Olympics happen in London in 2012. They have £9 billion to spend and plenty of time before the deadline; what can possibly go wrong? What to do when the much-vaunted wind turbines won’t turn because there’s no wind and how to cope with athletes who want to help but are just too dull. 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.