Well, I’m standing at the top of a slippery slope with skis on. Until now, I’ve held off on subscribing to BritBox, on the principle that I have two local PBS channels plus Netflix to provide me with free-flowing British detectives, dramas, and comedies.
The series started with 7 Up, a 1964 documentary television program with a group of British 7-year-olds, from different social backgrounds, as its subjects. (The first installment is available on YouTube, and embedded above.) Although Apted did not initially intend to do so, he returned to the same children seven years later, in 14 Up, and every seven years after that. The latest installment is 63 Up.
A lot has happened in these tender young lives. There have been losses, and much experience good and bad. It’s an incredible sociological document.
Hearing about 63 Up got me wanting to watch the earlier installments again (I may have missed one or two), and that’s how I found out that you can watch them all on BritBox. So I’m going to binge the lives of 14 people during the 7-day free trial period, and we’ll see where that leads.
If you do not want to join me on the free trial precipice, check the library for this series. It’s well worth watching, and you will get a good amount of knitting done over the course of these lives.