The up Series

The up Series

DVD - 2004 | Collector's ed.
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In 1964 Michael Apted interviewed a group of seven year old children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, Apted has been back to talk to the same subjects.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, [2004]
Edition: Collector's ed.
Branch Call Number: 305.2 U65
Characteristics: 5 DVDs (576 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Apted, Michael
Granada Television


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Oct 14, 2016

Sept/Oct 2016.....just finished the last one (49up) and was so fascinated I couldn't stop watching. I have ordered 56 up so that I can watch it and then donate it to the library. (Chinook Arch system in southern Alberta)....don't miss the interview with Michael in the special features! (on 49 up)........Nov 6 2016, received my copy of 56 up, I think it came from Scotland! Anyway, I got nothing done today, as this was as fascinating as the others, but at least now I can donate it for others to enjoy!

Sep 09, 2016

A brilliant idea, an amazing longitudinal study that should be a mandatory part of sociology courses. The series is somewhat marred by certain individuals who decided to withdraw from the program. It's a pity the producer didn't have the foresight to draw up a contract whereby a retirement nest egg for each participant would accumulate with each episode to be payable at age 63, but would be forfeited in the event of the participant's dropping out.

Aug 20, 2016

The original reality show - but you have to wait every 7 years for the next chapter - a really wonderful watch....

Aug 28, 2015

I enjoyed this addictive, 848 min. marathon documentary. It shows how class differences played out in the lives of people from different social classes - their ambitions, feelings, opinions, etc. I found the re-showing - on every successive episode- of the interviewees' answers to certain questions, a bit boring; still, I highly recommend it.

Jul 05, 2015

Great to be able to see multiple episodes of this series and see how much the participants change, but also how much they are typical at certain ages. Overall, I think the series is excellent; as to the participants, some have become more interesting over time, while others are just the same one-note individuals, rather dull. Have to go back and watch the later editions now.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Jun 13, 2015

One of the best documentary series EVER! Raises the issues of free will, socioeconomic constraints, class structure, & gender issues. Watching this series is a time investment, but it is time well spent! And leaves you looking forward to the next set of interviews in another 7 years.

THUD55 Oct 06, 2013

I enjoyed this one as I enjoyed the others when I saw them. the most gut wrenching story and character is Neil for me. this is quite a character study of these people who are close to my age but grew up in different surroundings and circumstances.

Jan 16, 2012

Documentaries don't get much better than this. Watch it--you won't be disappointed. Just make sure you have a lot of time on your hands when you begin, because it has such a compelling, almost addictive quality, that you'll probably want to watch one disk after another.

Feb 02, 2011

Excellent British show following a group of children from age 7 to age 56. Every 7 years, the interviewer contact these people.

Mar 15, 2010

I watched this over the years on PBS as each part was released. To be able to view all parts in succession is very compelling. I cannot recommend this series enough...better than "reality" tv. These are real lives evolving, filmed with honesty, respect and grace.

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