Chris O’Dowd to star in new TV comedy from ‘Spinal Tap’s Christopher Guest

Eight-part "mockumentary" series will follow a man who begins to explore his unusual family heritage

Chris O’Dowd is to star in a new TV comedy series from Christopher Guest, the writer-director behind A Mighty Wind and a key creative force on This Is Spinal Tap.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Family Tree will follow a 30-year-old man, played by O’Dowd, who begins exploring his family heritage following a series of unfortunate life changes. The series will be directed by Guest in his usual “mockumentary” style and will air in eight 30-minute instalments.

Family Tree was created by Guest and his longtime collaborator Jim Piddock and is expected to include roles for each. The series is an HBO/BBC2 co-production and will air on both channels simultaneously. However, the show’s premiere date has yet to be scheduled.

O’Dowd, 33, made his name on British sitcom The IT Crowd before becoming an unexpected Hollywood star thanks to his role in Bridesmaids, the big comedy hit of 2011. He recently appeared in two episodes of acclaimed HBO comedy Girls and will next be seen in This Is 40, Judd Apatow’s “sort-of-sequel” to Knocked Up.

Christopher Guest is well known for writing, directing and starring in “mockumentary” comedy films like A Mighty Wind, Best In Show and For Your Consideration. He made his name as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel in This Is Spinal Tap, the legendary metal spoof which he also co-wrote. Scroll down to watch the movie’s classic trailer.