Is London ready for the Olympics?

May 13, 2012, 10:19 IST | Yolande D'Mello

A mockumentary on the ongoing preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which will begin on July 27, gives us a peek into the back office work that goes into organising one of the world's biggest sporting events

If you thought London was all about royal weddings and high tea then you should take a look at BBC Entertainment’s new television series, London Calling, which hopes to educate the world about all things British. Thankfully for us, the BBC doesn’t have a problem poking fun at themselves and having a good laugh at it.

Ian Fletcher and his Olympics Deliverance team prepare to organise the Summer Olympics

Sitting through yet another documentary about Queen Elizabeth II and her 60-year reign does not qualify as a great way to spend the weekend for most people, and rightly so. After watching the 82 year-old monarch of the United Kingdom talk about annus horribilis, the traditions that one must rigidly embrace and the special duties of the countless chamber maids that are responsible for the upkeep of a hundred rooms at the Windsor Castle, you are bound to feel dissatisfied with your one-bedroom Bandra apartment. The only interesting addition is the live coverage from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations that audiences in India will be able to enjoy from June 3.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, which begin in the first week of June, will be broadcast live as part of the series London Calling.

The series bears a strange resemblance to the India Shining campaign and while it may be a distant cousin, you must tip your hat to the underground tube in their documentary section that explains its engineering and history. What we can’t figure out is why the series chose their name from a 70s English punk rock song by The Clash that was previously associated with wartime BBC broadcasts to their colonies.

As London prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics, we took a quick peek behind the scenes to see how preparations are shaping up. The comedy Twenty Twelve is shot in documentary style and peers into the office of the Olympic Deliverance team as they deal with delays, roadblocks and ego hassles in the countdown to the big day. Watch Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) and his team struggle with implementation of a marketing plan to celebrate ‘1,000 days to go’ to the Olympics. A huge clock designed by an eccentric British artist will be installed outside Tate Modern on the banks of the Thames in a ceremony that will count down towards the start of the Olympic Games. They must make important team decisions like how to divert traffic without “killing a bunch of people”, deciding which personalities will be invited to carry the Olympic Torch, all in an effort to make “a public statement about what Britain is capable of” to the world.

The Diamond Queen premieres on Saturday, May 19, 9 pm. Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert live will be showcased on June 4, 12 am Underground will air on June 16, 9 pm. Twenty Twelve, a comedy inspired by the Olympics premieres June 9, 10 pm, on BBC Entertainment 

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