BBC and HBO have announced that Family Tree, a
new eight-part comedy series co-written and co-created by
filmmaker Christopher Guest Best In Show and Jim
Piddock and starring Chris ODowd Bridesmaids,
is in production in the UK.
show is being directed by Guest. Filming will continue until
early next year on location in the UK and Los Angeles, to
air on BBC Two and HBO next year.
ODowd will be joined by Nina Conti For Your Consideration
in the role of his sister Bea, and Tom Bennett The Hunt For
Tony Blair playing his best friend Pete.
Tree follows the world and journey of 30-year-old Tom
Chadwick (Chris ODowd). 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.
Tree will be a single-camera, improvisational, documentary-style
comedy, a style that Christopher Guest's films have pioneered.
Two controller Janice Hadlow said, I am delighted to
welcome Christopher Guest to BBC Television. It will be his
first television series for British audiences and one I am
proud to have here on the BBC. It has a stellar cast led by
the fantastic Chris ODowd and is an exciting collaboration
with NBCU International and HBO. Family Tree will form a key
part of the channels comedy next year.