The participation of the father in the upbringing of the child Up Series is a series of documentary films produced by Granada Television that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The first film in the series, Seven Up! Granada Television as a programme in the World in Action series broadcast in 1964.
The subjects are first seen on a group visit to London Zoo, where the narrator announces “We brought these 20 children together for the very first time. The series, however, only follows fourteen: Bruce Balden, Jackie Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Susan Davis, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Suzanne Lusk and Tony Walker. The participants were chosen in an attempt to represent different social classes in Britain in the 1960s. Apted states in the commentary track of the 42 Up DVD that he was asked to find children at the extremes. Because the show was not originally intended to become a repeating series, no long-term contract was signed with the participants. The three are introduced in Seven Up! Andrew’s academic career culminated in his studying at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Andrew subsequently became a solicitor, married and raised a family. He is the only one of the three Kensington boys to have appeared in all the Up films. Both Andrew and his wife are most satisfied with how their children have turned out, followed by their relationship. During an on-stage interview at London’s National Film Theatre in December 2005, Apted alleged that Charles had attempted to sue him when he refused to remove Charles’s likeness from the archive sequences in 49 Up. Apted also commented on the irony that as a documentary maker himself, Charles was the only one who refused to continue. By the time of 56 Up, all references to Charles had been removed other than in fleeting glimpses of joint shots with Andrew and John. John Brisby, who was vocal on politics by 14, attended Oxford and became a barrister.
He married Claire, the daughter of Sir Donald Logan, a former ambassador to Bulgaria. Brisby said in 35 Up that he only does the films to give more publicity to his chosen charities. In 56 Up, he criticized Apted’s decision to originally portray him as part of the “privileged upper class”. He related that his father had died when he was 9 and his mother had to work to put him through private school. He attended Oxford University on a scholarship. Lusk comes from a wealthy background and was first filmed at an independent London day school.
Her parents divorced around the time of 7 Plus Seven. She then dropped out of school at the age of 16, deciding to travel to Paris. By 21, she had formed a strong negative opinion about marriage and being a parent, though this soon changed dramatically. She eventually went to a comprehensive school and married at age 19. Lynn Johnson, after attending the same primary school as Jackie and Sue, went on to attend a grammar school.
She married at 19, had two daughters, and became a children’s librarian at 21. She later became a school librarian and remained in that position until being made redundant due to budget cuts. Davis attended the same primary school as Jackie and Lynn and following that attended a comprehensive school. Sue married at 24 and had two children before getting divorced. She has been engaged to her current boyfriend for 14 years. Tony Walker was chosen from a primary school in the East End of London and was introduced along with his girlfriend Michelle. He wanted to be a jockey at 7 and was at a stable training as one by 14.