The brilliance behind the likes of This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman, among others, will be turning his talents to the BBC for the upcoming comedy series, Family Tree. Guest will executive produce and co-write the eight-part series, which will premiere on BBC 2 and HBO in the Spring of 2013. The series will star Chris O’Dowd (IT Crowd, Moone Boy and Bridesmaids), Nina Conti (For Your Consideration) and be a bit of a reunion of earlier Christopher Guest projects, reuniting the talents of Michael McKean and Fred Willard.
According to the BBC, Guest’s Family Tree, a single-camera, improvisational, documentary-style comedy, will follow the world and journey of 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd). 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.
Chris O’Dowd added: “I’m terribly excited and monumentally under-qualified to work on an improvised show with Chris Guest. I call him Chris ‘coz we are friends. He calls me George. I don’t know why.”
Anything involving Christopher Guest is well worth setting the DVR for. Add in a bit of Chris O’Dowd and it’s a no-brainer. Agreed?