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

Family Tree

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2013
  • 8 episodes (1 series)

Mockumentary starring Chris O'Dowd as a man who stumbles upon a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt. Stars Chris O'Dowd, Nina Conti, Tom Bennett, Michael McKean, Lisa Palfrey and Jim Piddock

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2 - Treading The Boards

Tom learns that his great-grandfather, Harry Chadwick, was an actor and visits Hove, where he performed. He and Pete decide to run a kind of race in honour of Harry's famous comic act.

Preview clips

Further details

Family Tree. Image shows from L to R: Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd), Keith Chadwick (Michael McKean). Copyright: Lucky Giant

When Mr. Pfister discovers an unforeseen aspect of Tom's great-grandfather Harry's life, it leads Tom and Pete to the south coast of England, where Harry died many years before.

They meet an impossibly old woman, who still lives next door to the house Harry lived in and remembers him from when she was a child.

Their investigation takes them to a local regional theatre, where he and Pete learn more than they ever wanted to know about Harry's life and loves from the two very friendly gentlemen who run the theatre.

It also results in Tom and Pete entering a very unique and interesting competition, but not before Pete has set Tom up on another extraordinary date.


This episode debuted in the US on 19th May, 2013.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 23rd July 2013
30 minutes

Cast & crew

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
Freda Barratt Sybil
Charlotte Cornwell Angie
Simon Paisley Day Nigel Robson-Jones
Hugh Sachs Rex Mottram
Guy Siner Mitch Connelly
Ellie Taylor Tracey
Sophie Abelson 'Move Along, Please!' - W.P.C. Sharon Bullivant
Tom Godwin 'Move Along, Please!' - P.C. Malcolm Trotter
Gerard Horan 'Move Along, Please!' - Sgt. Ray Biggins
Elliot Jordan 'Move Along, Please!' - P.C. Garry Dawson
Ben Farrow Race Track 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
Andrew Dickler Editor
Humphrey Jaeger Production Designer
CJ Vanston Composer


Pantomime Horse Racing

Nigel Robson-Jones explains the history behind the pantomime horse race, and why he once banned a camel from taking part.

Share this page