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28 Up explores the notion that everyone is destined to live a certain life based on the social and economic conditions they are born into by interviewing a group of British nationals, and then, interviewing them again after seven years. In the following round of interviews, the same group of individuals discuss their careers and lifestyle now that they are established young adults. A project that took two decades to complete, seven years at a time, it is interesting to see if the young adults broke out their perceived status molds or if they remained within them.

1 Season, 2 Episodes
November 20, 1984
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield

28 Up Full Episode Guide

  • This eye-opening episode uncovers human nature and the desire to survive and succeed in all its heart-breaking glory.

  • Only 5 of the 14 subjects that filmmaker Michael Apted has followed over the course of their lives from the time they were 7 years old are in this fourth segment of the long-running documentary series. Neil, Peter, Paul, Symon and Suzi are just two years away from turning 30 and have faced serious questions of purpose and identity, wondering whether they've found their place in the world.

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