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. ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Chris O'Dowd ...  Tom Chadwick 8 episodes, 2013
Tom Bennett ...  Pete Stupples 8 episodes, 2013
Nina Conti ...  Bea Chadwick / ... 8 episodes, 2013
Carrie Aizley ...  Kitty Chadwick 5 episodes, 2013
Jim Piddock ...  Mr. Pfister 5 episodes, 2013
Ed Begley Jr. ...  Al Chadwick 4 episodes, 2013
Michael McKean ...  Keith Chadwick 4 episodes, 2013
Lisa Palfrey ...  Luba Chadwick 4 episodes, 2013
Gerard Horan ...  'Move Along, Please!' - Sgt. Ray Biggins / ... 4 episodes, 2013
Matt Griesser ...  Rick Tillman 3 episodes, 2013
Maria Blasucci ...  Julie Fenneman 3 episodes, 2013
Christopher Guest ...  Dave Chadwick / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Fred Willard ...  Mike Morton 3 episodes, 2013
Amy Seimetz ...  Ally Keele 3 episodes, 2013
Ben Farrow Ben Farrow ...  Race Track Announcer / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Olivia Chenery ...  Princess ('The Plantagenets') 2 episodes, 2013
Sophie Abelson Sophie Abelson ...  W.P.C. Sharon Bullivant ('Move Along, Please!') 2 episodes, 2013
Jake Harders ...  Sherlock Holmes ('Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier') 2 episodes, 2013
Ashley Walters ...  Dr. Watson ('Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier') 2 episodes, 2013
Meera Syal ...  Chitra ('There Goes the Neighborhood') / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Elliott Jordan ...  'Move Along, Please!' - 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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In the commentary track to Waiting for Guffman (1996), where the Blaine Community Players have previously made a stage version of Backdraft (1991), director Christopher Guest talks about what a good idea it is to make stage plays based on blockbuster movies. In the second episode of this series, where Tom visits the theatre where his great-grandfather worked, a poster for the coming play Avatar is visible in the theatre. See more »


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A family tree that is easy to log off
10 September 2013 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

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

Not everyone gets the joke in this genre of comedy and some of it is 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. A mockumentary 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. He embarks on a search for 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 he 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 stealers in the programme. In a way he parodies the characters in sitcoms such as The Royle Family.

What is amazing is 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 shows like Star Trek: Voyager.

The problem with Family Tree 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 show less funny. At times it was a humour free zone.

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