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In 1964 a group of 7-year-old children were interviewed for the groundbreaking documentary Seven Up. Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since. Now they are 56.

Filmmaker Interviews

Michael Apted talks about the genesis of the Up series and why it has worldwide appeal.

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Director Michael Apted and subject Tony Walker share their brief thoughts on the Up series.

Classroom Clips

John and Andrew reflect on how they've been portrayed throughout the Up series.

Classroom Clips

Nick and Suzy reflect on how they've been portrayed in the Up series.

Classroom Clips

Peter explains why he left the Up series and why he's come back.

Classroom Clips

Neil discusses what it's like to be filmed every seven years.

  • Updated on December 3, 2014

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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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