There was standing room only in the Film & Music Arena on Friday afternoon when Bafta presented a question and answer with the cast of BBC hit comedy Twenty Twelve.

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Director and writer John Morton and a number of the cast were asked about their roles, its reflection on reality and whether the series, which is about a fictional team who are organising the London Olympics, could be compared with The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea.

Among the cast is Karl Theobald, from Lowestoft, who plays the role of head of infrastructure Graham Hitchins, but he admitted he was not as comfortable being asked questions in that environment as he is filming in front of the camera.

“I have done two or three of them before but I don’t do many as I find them excruciating,” he said.

“But I did not realise they would have to walk up to the mic in front of everyone to ask, so I felt sorry for them as the tables had turned.”

Twenty Twelve, which also stars Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes, is currently in its second series and last year won the best sitcom category at the British Comedy Awards.

Mr Theobald said: “Now and again people come and compliment the show and it is really lovely.”

He said that despite his close ties to the area it was his first time at Latitude Festival.

Mr Theobald, 42, lived in Lowestoft until he was 17 years old and attended Denes High School and said he is not a stranger to the town today.

“My mum still lives in Lowestoft and I get back now and then,” he said.

“Strangely I’ve now lived in London as long as I’ve lived in Lowestoft so it is interesting to come back and see how it development or demise depending on your route back.”

He has previously starred in the Green Wing and film Get Him to the Greek.



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