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Photo Gallery: Growing Up

1964
1964 - 7 Up
1971
1971 - 14 Up
1978
1978 - 21 Up
1985
1985 - 28 Up
1992
1992 - 35 Up
1999
1999 - 42 Up
2006
2005 - 49 Up

 

In 7 Up, upper-class public schoolboy Bruce wanted to be a missionary in Africa to "teach people who are not civilized to be, more or less, good." The series followed Bruce from Oxford to teaching in Bangladesh. At 35 Up, returned from foreign missionary work, he was unmarried and lonely. By 42 Up, Bruce had met a fellow teacher, Penny, while working in London's East End, and the pair had tied the knot. Has the couple managed to have the family they dreamed of?

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Captions: 1964 - Bruce at 7; 1971- Bruce at 14; 1978 - Bruce at 21; 1985 - Bruce at 28; 1992 - Bruce at 35; 1999 - Bruce at 42; 2006 - Bruce at 49; All photos courtesy of First Run Features





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There aren't many pieces of work, especially in film, that have the patience or the longevity or the time to honor the drama of ordinary life; and after all, the drama of what we all have to go through — children, jobs, marriage, the things that touch us — is the big drama of life, far more so than the drama of movies and television.”

— Michael Apted

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