With the amount of television flying about these days, it’s hard to find some groundbreaking TV. But that’s exactly what Michael Apted has managed to do.
His documentary series has been following the lives of fourteen individuals since 1964 when they were 7-years-old. It returned this year to ITV on Tuesday, June 4th for the latest instalment 63 Up.
But with the cast members approaching slightly older ages, some have been concerned it will not return for the next instalment.
So, will there be a 70 Up? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the next series…
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What is Michael Apted’s series about?
Michael Apted’s series began back in 1964 and has returned to our screens every seven years since then.
It has become immensely popular since it began and even topped Channel 4’s Greatest Documentaries of all time list.
Because of the documentary’s incredibly personal nature, many are determined to see the series continue in the coming years… So who knows when they will want it to end!
I’ve watched the Up series since I was 14 and every seven years it’s like catching up with family. Michael Apted offers an absolute masterclass in Documentary and an honest reflection of human life. It’s not just the lives of a few people, it’s the story of all of us.
— Samanthab1970 (@virgosam70) June 5, 2019
Will there be a 70 Up?
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but some viewers were worried that the end of 63 Up signalled the show was over.
As the show returns every seven years, that means the next instalment wouldn’t be on our screens til 2026!
As many of the cast members are getting older – Lynn sadly passed away in 2013 – there has been some doubt cast over whether they would return for the next chapter. Particularly as director Michael Apted is 78-years-old himself… He will be 85 by 70 Up.
— David Rouse (@Rouse_David) June 6, 2019
Michael has been clear not to state whether there will be another series. He has said:
I have no idea what will happen And I’m 78 – I might drop dead any minute!
We will update this page with any new information about the next instalment as it is released.
How to watch the Up series
If you weren’t alive when the Up series started, or are looking to take a trip down memory lane there are many ways to catch up.
All instalments are available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video for £1.89 per episode.
The ninth instalment, 63 Up, will be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for a short while.
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CATCH UP WITH 63 UP ON THE ITV HUB NOW.