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PBS Premiere: October 14, 2013


In 1964, a group of British 7-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, Seven Up. Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs. POV, which presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of 49 Up in 2007, returns with 56 Up to find the group settling into middle age and surprisingly upbeat. Through marriage and childbirth, poverty and illness, the "kids" have come to terms with both hope and disappointment. Winner, 2013 George Foster Peabody Award for the ‘Up’ series.

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Film Information

56 Up (140 min.)

Premiere Date: October 14, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Michael Apted Bio | Interview

Press: Press Release | Peabody Media Alert | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2014 Emmy Nomination Press Release


Michael Apted
Michael Apted

Critical Acclaim

It is a mystery, this business of life. I can't think of any [other] cinematic undertaking that allows us to realize that more deeply.”

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

To see 56 Up is to be reunited with an old friend. Make that 13 old friends, together again for a documentary project the likes of which the world has never seen.”

— Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

If you want to start thinking about your own life, just watch Michael Apted’s 56 Up, the latest installment of perhaps the most fascinating documentary project ever.”

— John Powers,

In 56 Up, the latest installment in Michael Apted’s remarkable documentary project . . . entire lifetimes race by. . . . One minute, a boy is merrily bobbing along. . . . In a lot of documentaries you might not care that much about this boy and what became of him. But . . . you will care, and deeply.”

— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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