“Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”
“Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.”
Seven Up was followed by 7 plus Seven, 21 UP, 28 Up, 35 UP, 42 UP, and 49 UP. The next installment of the Up Series will begin filming in 2012. Here is an excerpt from an interview with the New York Times in December, 2010, Apted discusses his views of the UP Series and the next one, 56 UP.