28 August 2012

Chris O'Dowd to star in Spinal Tap-style series on BBC -- Family Tree

Image from 2nd article referenced

The BBC has created a new 8 episode show, Family Tree, which will be broadcast in the US on HBO.

Here is a snippet from a published news item ...

Filmmaker Christopher Guest is bringing his humour to the small screen with a documentary-style comedy series for BBC Two.

Family Tree will feature Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who starred in hit movie Bridesmaids and Channel 4's The IT Crowd.

The eight-part series is said to be in the same style as Guest's mockumentaries, such as the acclaimed This is Spinal Tap and Best in Show.

It will be broadcast in the US on HBO.

Family Tree follows the recently unemployed and single Tom Chadwick (O'Dowd) who looks into his ancestry after suffering an identity crisis...

Read the full article.

Another piece tells us a bit more ...

Having recently lost his job and girlfriend, Tom has a rather unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt that he never met, he starts investigating his family lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters and a growing sense of who he is and who his real family are.

Given the comic “chops” of those involved, it will be very interesting to see where this goes!

Are there other “comedic” looks at family research that you have watched?

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  1. A bit more press about this along with a teaser video, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/family-tree-mockumentary-_b_2906593.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

  2. This show will start airing in May 2013. Here is a clip, http://splitsider.com/2013/04/watch-a-new-trailer-for-christopher-guests-family-tree-coming-to-hbo-may-12th/