Twenty Twelve

Series 2, Episode 1
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The documentary cameras continue to follow the men and women responsible for delivering the London Olympic Games as they paddle increasingly hard to keep the games on track and on budget. The Algerian Olympic team threaten to boycott the Games after discovering that the Shared Belief Centre does not face Mecca.

Filmed in a documentary style, Twenty Twelve deals with such hot topics as how to phase the traffic lights across London to get people from west to east; who to sell the Taekwondo hall to after the event; what to do when protesters leave large quantities of horse dung on the doorstep in protest at the siting of the equestrian events, and how to cope with sportsmen who want to help but are just too dull. From getting a bus-load 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. Deliciously topical, wickedly funny and sometimes uncannily close to real life, Twenty Twelve proved a hit with British viewers and critics alike, receiving fabulous reviews on first transmission on BBC Four and equal praise when the series was repeated on BBC Two.