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When podcast producer Dave Pickering is approached by his dad with a mystery from the life of a long-forgotten friend, he decides to investigate it in the only way he knows how: by having conversations.

Mark Sullivan, who went missing 15 years ago, has been found dead. His body still has the arm he should have lost in a car accident and seems to have died eight years before he disappeared.

In a series of 12 episodes, Dave tries to uncover this mystery through conversations with Mark’s family and friends. As he gets to know them, his questions lead to more questions… the mystery runs deeper than anyone imagined.

The Family Tree is a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity.

The Family Tree Adamthwaite & Pickering

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    • 4.8 • 9 Ratings

When podcast producer Dave Pickering is approached by his dad with a mystery from the life of a long-forgotten friend, he decides to investigate it in the only way he knows how: by having conversations.

Mark Sullivan, who went missing 15 years ago, has been found dead. His body still has the arm he should have lost in a car accident and seems to have died eight years before he disappeared.

In a series of 12 episodes, Dave tries to uncover this mystery through conversations with Mark’s family and friends. As he gets to know them, his questions lead to more questions… the mystery runs deeper than anyone imagined.

The Family Tree is a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity.

    Announcement - Down to a sunless sea

    Announcement - Down to a sunless sea

    Later this year I will be launching a mini series called ‘Down to a Sunless Sea: Memories of my Dad’. I've received funding from the Wellcome Trust and BPAs to make some additional episodes looking at the science behind the issues the show covers. As part of the requirements for this funding I'd really appreciate it if people who have listened to GBA could fill in this survey:

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    • 4 min
    Season 3: Episode 30: The Christmas Oak

    Season 3: Episode 30: The Christmas Oak

    This Christmas special functions as an epilogue, a coda, an outro and a final thought, for The Family Tree. Dave spends Christmas with Philip Beech and the Sullivans, and Jen reads a special Christmas story written by Mia.

    The Family Tree is a magical realist dramatic fiction about family, belonging, change and identity.

    • 38 min
    Season 3: Episode 29: Ending 5: The Great Unknown Other

    Season 3: Episode 29: Ending 5: The Great Unknown Other

    In the final episode of the show, Dave and his brother go to visit their dad to say hello, and also to say goodbye: endings are more complex than a simple full stop.

    The Family Tree is a magical realist dramatic fiction about family, belonging, change and identity.

    • 37 min
    Season 3: Episode 28: Ending 4: Cuttings 6: The Final Cut

    Season 3: Episode 28: Ending 4: Cuttings 6: The Final Cut

    Dave reflects on accountability and forgiveness, and considers the best ways to end things. Past guests, new guests and listeners to the show, who talk about how they approach these issues. Dave's partner, Jen, talks about how she experienced the making of The Family Tree, and we're introduced to a song written by Martin Zaltz Austwick.

    The Family Tree’s Cuttings discuss the real issues raised in the show with special guests from podcasting, journalism, religion and the arts.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Season 3: Episode 27: Ending 3: The End of the Mystery

    Season 3: Episode 27: Ending 3: The End of the Mystery

    Dave talks to Mark about his role in the trauma his family has experienced, and reflects on the importance of accountability and justice.

    The Family Tree is a magical realist dramatic fiction about family, belonging, change and identity.

    • 43 min
    Season 3: Episode 26: Ending 2: The Family Never Ends

    Season 3: Episode 26: Ending 2: The Family Never Ends

    Family is about more than blood. Dave continues rounding up the end of Season 3 by catching up with the extended family.

    The Family Tree is a magical realist dramatic fiction about family, belonging, change and identity.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Fantastic

I was taken in by this pod. Loved the confusing but compelling story. Just listened to the first one but will be hooked on the whole series. Well done Dave

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