BBC Accused of Ripping Off Australians For Twenty Twelve

Just like Peaches Geldof, the BBC are fighting allegations of dishonesty this afternoon after someone dared to suggest that they had pilfered the idea for their Olympics docu-spoof Twenty Twelve, from The Games (seen below) an Australian comedy aired before the 2000 Sydney Games.

Aussie writers John Clarke and Ross Stevenson told the Sydney Morning Herald that they believe the show is based on their series. The pair also revealed that they pitched the format to the BBC with the help of Kath And Kim producer Rick McKenna and gave the Corporation DVDs of their show.

“We haven’t seen Twenty Twelve so it would be unreasonable of us to make an accusation of copying, but it’s pretty clear where they got the format,” Clarke said.

“It is a serious issue for us. We worked very hard on that project and we had long conversations with these people who’ve now done a show like that in Britain.”

However, a spokesperson for the BBC strongly denied the accusations of plagiarism and was quoted by The Guardian as saying: “Twenty Twelve is an original and distinctive comedy series looking at London as it counts down the last 1000 days before the 2012 games begin. It is written by John Morton who wrote People Like Us and Broken News for the BBC. Its comedy is delivered through a distinctively British sense of humour.”

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