Like some never-ending yet fascinating home movie, Michael Apted’s story that follows the lives of a group of British children from age 7 to now 56 continues on PBS in his latest documentary in this series, 56 Up. The 14 kids he first filmed in 1964 in the Granada TV documentary Seven Up are now not only all grown up, but many have children or even grandchildren of the same age as they were when they went before Apted’s camera nearly a half century ago.
56 Up airs on most PBS stations at 10 pm Eastern, Monday, October 14. CPTV has not scheduled a showing, but Connecticut viewers who can tune in PBS stations in New York or Boston can watch it when it airs Monday night.
56 Up is part of the PBS Indies Showcase, although Apted is anything but an “indie” filmmaker. This is the man who made Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorky Park and Gorillas in the Mist, to name a few of his biggest hits. He has not, however, lost his touch for documentary filmmaking, as this latest in a continuing series (21 Up, 28, 35 and 49) so poignantly and amusingly shows. His subjects are everyday people who have grown up to be cab drivers and warehousemen, as well as lawyers and librarians, and include single mothers and husbands, old married couples and newly divorced singles. The 14 Britons who were kids when The Beatles were new are still around, and their story is the story of all of us – especially those of us in their 50s.
56 Up airs on PBS at 10 pm Eastern, Monday, October 14.
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Mark G. McLaughlin is a Connecticut-based free lance journalist and game designer with over 30 years of experience as a ghost-writer and columnist (and a frequent visitor to Great Britain, where 56 Up is set). An author whose first published book was Battles of the American Civil War, and whose games include the Mr. Lincoln’s War set, Mark continues to be enthralled by stories from the age of Lincoln. To view Mark's 16th published design, the American Civil War Naval strategy game Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, visit his publisher at http://www.gmtgames.com/p-238-rebel-raiders-on-the-high-seas.aspx
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