Interview: Chris O'Dowd
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Chris O'Dowd is starring in new BBC Two comedy Family Tree. Here he talks about the show, his character Tom, and his own genealogy - including a possible connection to another O'Dowd, better known as Boy George... What is Family Tree about? Family Tree is a comedy about a guy who has been left somewhat bereft after losing both his job and his partner. Out of the blue he discovers he has been left a box of magic goodies by a dead relative that he can’t remember ever meeting but it does pique his interest and he goes looking into his past roots. He already has quite a muddled past with an Irish mum and an English dad who split when he was young so he ended up living in Ireland with his mother while his sister Bea grew up in England with their father. So he doesn’t really know who he is. In search of his own identity, he begins looking into his family tree. What can you tell us about your character Tom Chadwick? He is handsome, a strong great-looking guy and fit! He is utterly clueless, fairly sensitive, confused and not at all an extrovert but he should be fun to be around. Where is Tom in his life when we meet him in the story? He’s just lost his job and been made redundant; he worked at the Central London Accident Investigation Management whose job it is to decide whose fault it is when somebody crashes their car. He works with models almost like one of those kid’s maps with schools on it and things. The company realise that computers can do it but he doesn’t know how to use computers so the company goes downhill and he gets made redundant. He has a bit of a redundancy package that will last him maybe a year but alongside being made redundant we find out that his girlfriend leaves him. So he’s chirpy! He is having a tricky time and therefore embraces the opportunity to find out stuff and is very excited to throw himself into something new – more so than he would have been previously. It is a distraction from the mundane and of crying alone in the bath.
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