Family Tree. Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd). Copyright: Lucky Giant.

Family Tree

BBC Two sitcom. 8 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars Chris O'Dowd, Nina Conti, Tom Bennett, Michael McKean, Lisa Palfrey and Jim Piddock.

Series 1, Episode 1 - The Box

Tom Chadwick and his sister Bea find out from their father that a great-aunt, Victoria, has died. An old picture in the box of things that she's left for Tom sends him on a search, accompanied by his pal Pete, to discover the identity of the man in the photograph.

Further details

Family Tree. Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd). Copyright: Lucky Giant.

Unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick is surprised when he's bequeathed an old chest of curios by his great-aunt Victoria, who he and his sister Bea don't remember ever meeting.

He finds an old black-and-white photo in the chest that his father Keith believes is Tom's great-grandfather, Harry. With the help of his avuncular neighbour, Mr. Pfister, and his old school friend, Pete, Tom tracks down a rather unusual expert in the field of antique photos called Neville St. Aubrey, who discovers some very intriguing and revealing information about Tom's ancestor.

Meanwhile, Pete tries to get Tom's love life back on track by setting him up with a "model pretty" date. He's just not sure what kind of model.


This episode debuted in the US on 12th May, 2013.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 16th July 2013
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris O'Dowd Tom Chadwick
Nina Conti Bea Chadwick
Tom Bennett Pete Stupples
Michael McKean Keith Chadwick
Lisa Palfrey Luba Chadwick
Jim Piddock Mr. Pfister
Guest cast
Natalie Walter Ellie
Christopher Fairbank Neville St. Aubrey
Philip Brodie 'The Plantagenets' - Earl of Sudbury
Olivia Chenery 'The Plantagenets' - Princess
James Greene 'The Plantagenets' - King
Gerard Horan 'There Goes the Neighbourhood' - Vikram
Meera Syal 'There Goes the Neighbourhood' - Chitra
Ben Farrow Train Station Announcer (Voice)
Writing team
Christopher Guest Writer
Jim Piddock Writer
Production team
Christopher Guest Director
Christine Gernon Director
Charlotte Ashby Producer
Christine Sacani Producer
Megan Murphy Producer
Christopher Guest Executive Producer
Jim Piddock Executive Producer
Karen Murphy Executive Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Deborah Oppenheimer Executive Producer
Mario Stylianides Executive Producer


Tom's date with Ellie

Tom goes on a date with Ellie, who shares her views on dinosaurs.

Featuring: Chris O'Dowd (Tom Chadwick), Natalie Walter (Ellie).


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