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Series cast summary:
 Tom Chadwick (8 episodes, 2013)
 Pete Stupples (8 episodes, 2013)
 Bea Chadwick & Monkey / ... (8 episodes, 2013)
 Kitty Chadwick (5 episodes, 2013)
 Mr. Pfister (5 episodes, 2013)
 Al Chadwick (5 episodes, 2013)
 Keith Chadwick (4 episodes, 2013)
 Luba Chadwick (4 episodes, 2013)
Gerard Horan ...
 Sgt. Ray Biggins / ... (4 episodes, 2013)
 Rick Tillman (3 episodes, 2013)
 Julie Fenneman (3 episodes, 2013)
 Dave Chadwick / ... (3 episodes, 2013)
 Mike Morton (3 episodes, 2013)
 Ally Keele (3 episodes, 2013)
 Race Track Announcer / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
 Princess ('The Plantagenets') (2 episodes, 2013)
Sophie Abelson ...
 W.P.C. Sharon Bullivant / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
 Sherlock Holmes ('Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier') (2 episodes, 2013)
 Dr. Watson ('Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier') (2 episodes, 2013)
 Chitra ('There Goes the Neighborhood') / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
 P.C. Garry Dawson / ... (2 episodes, 2013)


Centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are. Written by HBO

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Finding himself. One relative at a time.



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Includes several cast members from movies directed by Christopher Guest, including Michael McKeon, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Bob Balaban, and Jim Piddock. See more »

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10 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Christopher Guest is a legend in the world of mockumentaries beginning with the sublime 'This is Spinal Tap' and its continued with movies such as 'Best in Show.'

Not everyone gets the joke in this genre of comedy and some of its rather subtle. It helps that Guest has a bank of actors that he can rely on.

So with great fanfare the BBC unveiled Family Tree its own mock of genealogy shows such as 'Who do you think you are?' which has been successful for the Beeb.

Chris O'Dowd plays Tom very charmingly as he embarks on his roots which takes place both in the UK and the USA. The USA segment gives us the chance to encounter the Guest regulars such as Ed Begley Jr and Fred Willard.

The oddest character is his sister, Bea who carries with her Monk, a puppet monkey which allows her to state her feelings. Tom's best friend Pete accompanies him in his search and can best be described as a pillock.

Another Guest regular, Michael McKean plays Keith Chadwick, Tom's father who loves old British situation comedies and they are gently parodied in the early editions of the show. McKean and the comedies he watches are the real scene stealer's in the programme. In a way he parodies the characters in sitcoms such as The Royle Family.

What is amazing that McKean looks like a stalwart of British comedy and drama an actor whose face is familiar but you cannot put the name to it. So it was a shock when I told people that he is an American actor who has appeared in films such as 1941 and programmes like Star Trek:Voyager.

The problem with Family Tree I found was that it was just not that funny and when Tom's father was missing it lost a vital spark. The USA segment did not work and made the programme less funny. At times it was a humour free zone.

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