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Hugh Bonneville Comes to BBC America in "Twenty Twelve"
The U.K. import will now launch with three back-to-back episodes on Thursday, June 28 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from BBC America]


London 2012 docu-style comedy premieres June 28 as part of the Ministry of Laughs comedy block

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 pounds 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.

Ian Fletcher Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris)
Siobhan Sharpe Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead)
Sally Owen Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Rev.)
Kay Hope Amelia Bullmore (Ashes to Ashes, State of Play)
Nick Jowett Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It)
Graham Hitchens Karl Theobald (Green Wing)

Writer/Director John Morton (People Like Us)
Producer Paul Schlesinger (That Mitchell and Webb Look, Genius)
Executive Producer Jon Plowman (The Office, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous)

Twenty Twelve is a BBC Production

BBC AMERICA delivers US audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy(R), five Golden Globes(R) and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable's most affluent and educated audiences and is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 78 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.

  [may 2012]  


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