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100 days, enough time to laugh

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Seb Coe showcases the first prototype of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. - File


Although it's just 100 days to go before the Olympics, the London organising committee chief is taking a moment to laugh at himself.

Sebastian Coe says he's had fun watching Twenty Twelve, the satirical BBC sitcom about the London Olympics.

The mock-documentary programme follows the adventures of the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission, run by long-suffering "Head of Deliverance" Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). One episode followed the Deliverance team as it sought to placate a Muslim nation aggrieved by a prayer room's failure to face Mecca.

Coe has made cameo appearances in the show, but says it's not a case of art imitating life. He said Tuesday that some days at the offices of the real Olympic committee are far funnier than the TV show.