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A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to reinterview them at seven-year intervals to determine how their lives and attitudes have changed. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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This, the first entry in the series, is the only one not directed by Michael Apted; instead it was directed by Canadian Paul Almond. Apted was a researcher on this installment and chose the original selection of children. See more »

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Douglas Keay - Narrator: Original post credits narration: "If you want to know what happens to these children, watch Granada Television on Tuesday 2nd May in the year 2000."
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Voice-over during final credits: "If you want to see what happens to these children, look in at Granada Television on Tuesday, May the second ... in the year 2000." See more »

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The first in a ground-breaking series that is one of a kind.
17 February 2006 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Michael Apted must be congratulated for having (or perhaps stumbling upon) the vision for this study. Take 14 seven year olds in England, film them in a few interesting situations, and follow those same kids as they grow up. Every seven years. Because all of our lives transpire at roughly the same rates, we cannot actually observe children growing up. But this filmed approach is the next best thing.

This first film is rather short, and in black and white plays about like an amateur home movie. We still get to see and hear these children, their opinions, their likes and dislikes, their ambitions. And, while it is interesting, you can get the same thing at any elementary school playground. What is really interesting, and groundbreaking, is the following these children as they grow up.

For that, one must see the next installments. The best way, for the uninitiated, is the 5-disk DVD set just out, which has all 6 films up through "42 UP" in 1998. ("49 UP" has been made but is not yet available on DVD.) However, simply seeing the most recent film is pretty good, because each film contains snippets of each of the former ones, allowing us to see how each child developed in 7-year increments.

Just a marvelous study of growing up.


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