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Directed by Michael Apted
Produced in 1964-2003
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
This series is a national institution and offers one of the most compelling narratives in television history
Now entering its fifth decade, this extraordinary exploration of the British class system has become a national institution, as well as one of the most compelling narratives in television history. Taking the Jesuit maxim “give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man” as his starting point, in 1964 Michael Apted selected fourteen 7 year-old British schoolchildren on the basis of their socio-economic backgrounds, asking them their hopes and dreams for the future.
The children were revisited seven years later almost as an afterthought, with no long-term provision made to ensure their future participation. This gave the series its format, but also its sense of unpredictability, and a television tradition was born – every seven years the nation would eagerly await to see which participants would return, and how their lives had progressed.
This long-awaited collection contains all seven series made thus far. Long before the current fad for reality television, this landmark series revealed how unscripted encounters can be more articulate and compelling than any TV drama.
This enthralling series begins in 1964, with the programme 7 Up!, in which 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England were asked about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years afterwards, at the ages of 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, and most recently 49, the interviewees were revisited and the progression of their lives examined. This is an extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th, and now the 21st century.
Length: 500 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 12th December 2011
Cat No: 7953695
- 6 discs
- In-depth interview with Michael Apted on both the series of films and his time as a staff director/producer at Granada
- Commentaries with producer Claire Lewis, film editor Kim Horton and cameraman George Jesse Turner.