What show/documentary/special was this?

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    I was thinking of a show that followed several people from birth to like age 20 or something. I can't remember what it was called though. I think it was an import from BBC. Does anyone know what I'm talking about or am I just crazy?
     
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    It sounds like Michael Apted's excellent documentaries that follows the same group of English schoolchildren every 7 years.
    The most recent one was called 42 Up(1998). There also was 35 Up(1991), 28 Up(1985), 21 Up(1977), and Seven Plus Seven(1970).
    I wish these would come out on DVD. They were fascinating, how these young idealistic kids become rather bittered middle age people.
     
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    Just found out that at least 42 Up is available on DVD. Yippee! Off to add it to my Netflix queue.
    Thanks for reminding me about this movie, Adam!
     
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    No problem. That's not what I was thinking of; but looking at Roger Ebert's reviews of the project, I must say I'm intruiged. Thanks for pointing it out. If anyone knows of something similiar (Though it had, as I recall, much shorter intervals, with general information about human development mixed in between the interviews.)

    Anyway, thanks Jodee for pointing this other documentary series out to me!
     
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    Well, I think that change is natural regardless of being a documentary subject or not.

    I have noticed in my own life, how with every disappointment, I have become more jaded and cynical through the years. I think back to when I was a child and how idealistic, trusting, and wide-eyed I was.

    I think life hardens you and does make you bitter through the years.
     
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    Wasn't an American equivalent of this series started a few years ago?

    I agree that the series provides a fascinating insight into the ageing process, but don't assume that the people on this programme are necessarily typical Brits. They are representative of sub-groups of the 'upper' and 'working' classes, but as usual the majority of working and middle class folk are left out of the picture.
     

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