Organising the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London is not an easy job. Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) as Head of Deliverance of the ODC (Olympic Deliverance Commission) has the daunting task of leading his crack team of experts to prepare everything before handing over to the live team, just before the opening ceremony.
Coming in the style of a documentary Twenty Twelve portraits the commission's work in a not too unrealistic way. The humor of the show is ever so subtle, as meetings about the difference between "sustainability" and "legacy" or the problem of launching Inclusivity Day on the same day as Diversity Day seem not too far-fetched, considering the bizarre nature of today's politics and administration.
Contributing to the general feeling of absurdity is that all key figures are head of something or other with ill-defined portfolios and overlapping competences. The cast includes known faces from other sitcoms such as Amelia Bullmore (Suburban Shootout) who plays Kay Hope as Head of Sustainability, Jessica Hynes (Spaced) playing Siobhan Sharpe as Head of Brand and Olivia Colman (Peep Show) as Sally Owen, Ian Fletcher's personal assistant.