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

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Series 1, Episode 4 - Country Life

Tom visits his relatives' farm and uncovers a further surprising twist in the family tale, and Pete gets personal with an alpaca.

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Family Tree. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Pfister (Jim Piddock), Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd). Copyright: Lucky Giant

Tom finally has an interview for a job. He's also discovered he has cousins in both Derbyshire and California and makes a plan to visit and learn more about the Derbyshire branch of the family tree.

Meanwhile, Pete has to perform a delicate "procedure" on an alpaca at the zoo.

Tom, Bea, Keith, and Luba drive up to the Derbyshire farm owned by their cousins from the North. Tom is interested to find out if the grass is really greener in the country and determined to get to the bottom of a dark family secret. Culture clashes notwithstanding, Tom gets his answers and some family truths are finally revealed. The family tree plot thickens as he also hears from his American cousin, Al, on the trip.

Pete's life-affirming mission at the zoo proves to be a no less sticky venture.


This episode debuted in the US on 9th June, 2013.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 6th August 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
Ed Begley Jr. (as Ed Begley, Jr.) Al Chadwick
Carrie Aizley Kitty Chadwick
Sophie Abelson 'Move Along, Please!' - W.P.C. Sharon Bullivant
Gerard Horan 'Move Along, Please!' - Sgt. Ray Biggins
Elliot Jordan 'Move Along, Please!' - P.C. Garry Dawson
Susan Earl Emma Chadwick
Adam James Ronnie Chadwick
Spencer Jones Personnel Officer
Christian Rodska Graham Chadwick
Jake Harders 'Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier' - Sherlock Holmes
Ashley Walters 'Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier' - Dr. Watson
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
Joe Garrity Production Designer
CJ Vanston Composer


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