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Seven Up! filmmaker Paul Almond dies, aged 83

Canadian filmmaker Paul Almond has died, aged 83.

The director was behind the ground-breaking and long-running Seven Up! documentary, which focused on a group of 14 British 7-year-olds.

The 1964 special has continued every seven years since as the Up series. Almond co-created the project, before Michael Apted took over the series.

Almond died on Thursday (April 9) in California of complications relating to a recent heart attack, his son Matthew said.

The filmmaker came up with the idea for Seven Up! with Granada producer Tim Hewat while discussing the class system in a pub.

Hewat is said to have remarked: "Give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man," allegedly originated by St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

Originally intended as a one-off, researcher Apted later revisited the children every seven years. Its most recent version 56 Up aired in 2012.

Almond also wrote and directed a trilogy of films called Isabel,
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