49 Up

PBS Premiere: Oct. 9, 2007Check the broadcast schedule »

Photo Gallery: Growing Up

Bruce

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?

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