Hugh Bonneville Comes to BBC America in 'Twenty Twelve'

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May 18th, 2012

via press release:

The BAFTA nominated docu-comedy series Twenty Twelve, starring BAFTA nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), joins BBC AMERICA’s Ministry of Laughs comedy block just in time for the Summer Games. From executive producer Jon Plowman (The Office, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous) and writer John Morton (People Like Us), the series follows the team responsible for delivering the biggest show on earth: the London Olympics. Twenty Twelve premieres with three back-to-back episodes on Thursday, June 28, 9:00pm ET, then moves to its regular time slot on Saturday, June 30, midnight ET as part of the Ministry of Laughs comedy block. The first season will be immediately followed by season two.


Bringing together actors and creators of some of Britain’s most iconic comedies – Twenty Twelve’s cast includes BAFTA nominee Olivia Colman (Peep Show), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Amelia Bullmore (I’m Alan Partridge), Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It) and Karl Theobald (Green Wing), and is narrated by David Tennant (The Spies of Warsaw, Doctor Who).


Twenty Twelve deals with such hot topics as how to phase the traffic lights across London to get people from west to east, which celebrities should be approached to carry the Torch and what to do when protesters leave large quantities of horse dung on the doorstep in protest at the equestrian events. From how to cope with athletes who want to help but are just too dull, to getting a busload of non-English speaking Brazilians from A to B, this crack team of experts is paddling hard beneath the water to make the Olympics happen in London in 2012. With £9 billion to spend and plenty of time before the deadline, what can possibly go wrong?


BBC AMERICA’s Saturday night comedy block, the Ministry of Laughs, features a raft of award-winning, irreverent and inventive comedies including The Graham Norton Show, The Thick of It, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner.

  • UKTVFan

    Why not continue airing Twenty Twelve, and more comedies, on Thursday nights at 9pm (instead of endless Top Gear repeats), rather than put comedies in the dead zone of midnight Saturday, where they typically get just 20,000 viewers? What a stupid programming decision.

  • Barb

    As usual, BBCA waits until the 2nd series is about finished airing before bringing it to the states (unless you are Doctor Who) – pathetic. Nothing new. PBS stations still have the bulk of the mainstreams shows with the majority uncut (New Tricks, Spooks, Doc Martin and so forth).

  • Ralph Hahn

    UKTVFan: @ >>> Why not continue airing Twenty Twelve… <<<

    I don't know how you folks in the UK say it, but I think that our President is the last person here who still says Two Thousand and Twelve.

  • AC75

    For anyone interested, this is a pretty fantastic series and well worth your time.

    “I really think that”

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