Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: May 12, 2013 – TBD
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Chris O’Dowd, Nina Conti, and Tom Bennett.
TV show description:
This documentary-style comedy series follows Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd). He’s 30-year-old who recently broke up with his girlfriend of five years and was also made redundant at his “pretty sexy” job reconstructing car accidents and assessing claims for an insurance company. As a result, he has an unsure sense of his own identity.
Tom is feeling pretty lost until he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a distant great aunt. He starts investigating his lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters, acquiring a growing sense of who he and his real family are.
Bea (Nina Conti) is Tom’s older sister and is almost never seen without her hand puppet (“Monkey”). She’s been attached to (literally) the puppet for most of her life as a result of an early childhood trauma while visiting a zoo. She encountered a puffin “that was touching himself in an inappropriate way while looking directly at her” which she took as a personal affront. Originally recommended by a psychiatrist for therapeutic reasons, the hand puppet remains her constant companion and “inner voice” thirty-something years later. Although Bea doesn’t initially share Tom’s interest in their family’s genealogy, she gets much more drawn into it as his journey progresses.
Pete (Tom Bennett) is Tom’s best friend since their very early school days. He may not be the sharpest tool in the drawer (and mistakenly thinks he’s a major “player” in the romantic department) but he’s an upbeat and loyal friend to Tom.
The two friends have always had three things in common: “Booze, birds, and the Spurs.” Pete works at a children’s zoo as a “Cage Management Associate” and feels at home surrounded by animals and children because they’re his equal, emotionally and intellectually. He doesn’t really understand Tom’s new-found interest in genealogy but is always game for new experiences, so happily accompanies him on his quest.
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD
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