One of the greatest things I’ve ever watched on my TV is Michael Apted’s “Up Series” (Spoiler alerts in that link.) It follows the lives of fourteen British children since 1964 and checks in with them every 7 years. It’s by far the craziest case study I’ve ever seen. What happens to private school kids when they turn middle aged? What about that eccentric kid, how’s he going to turn out?
If you’re amazing at math like I am, it took you only a minute to realize that “56 Up” is the eighth installment of this series. If you’ve been following the series, you’ve probably been refreshing the Up Series Wikipedia page for a year wondering when we’ll get to catch up on the lives of Andrew, Charles, John, Suzy, Jackie, Lynn, Sue, Tony, Paul, Symon, Nick, Peter, Neil, and Bruce. Who will show up? Who will refuse to be on camera? Who will be homeless? Who’s in prison? Who will get divorced? I have so many questions. It’s almost Harry Potteresque in the way you grow up with these “characters.”
WELL, apparently I need to continue to wait to view the latest installment of the Up Series because while it aired on ITV in May, it is not available anywhere in the States at this time. I’ll do my best to SEO the hell out of this post so Americans looking for a way to view 56 Up in the US will have a sounding board or place to share US availability. If you have any inside information, please feel free to share in the comments, or shoot me an email or Tweet @LASnark.
Here’s the preview to 42 up. Stop watching if it starts looking interesting because you don’t want to ruin too much of the surprise:
If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you can stream the series up to 49 Up. Episode one is here: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Seven_Up_7_Plus_Seven/70012577?trkid=7799908