To celebrate the release of a set containing all nine editions of the groundbreaking Up documentary series (i.e. Seven Up! to 63 Up) on DVD and Blu-ray, Network Distributing have offered us two copies of the Blu-ray set to give away to two lucky readers.

Details on how to enter the competition are at the bottom of this page, but in the meantime, here’s some information about the series and set:

‘Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man’

Inspired by this Jesuit motto and World in Action founder editor Tim Hewat’s anger at Britain’s rigid class system, the landmark UP documentary series is as pertinent today as it was back in 1964. Over 56 years in the making it has become an historical snapshot of British society through the decades and a unique perspective from which to reflect on our own lives.

The original Seven Up!, broadcast in 1964, brought 14 children from widely different social backgrounds together to share their hopes and ambitions, as well as their fears, for the future and set out to discover how far children’s lives were pre-determined by their backgrounds.

“We brought these children together because we wanted a glimpse of England in the year 2000. The union leader and the business executive of the year 2000 are now seven years old.” Narration from original Seven Up! series which aired in 1964

Across the series Andrew, Charles, John, Suzy, Jackie, Lynn, Sue, Tony, Paul, Symon, Nick, Peter, Neil and Bruce (not all of whom have returned for every series) discuss race, religion, class, gender, education, relationships, health, freedom, discipline, workers rights, money, politics, prejudice and more – they delve into every aspect that makes up their lives. Picking up with them every seven years provides not only a welcome update on the group but a truly insightful look at how and why their opinions and outlooks have altered and how their interactions with each other have changed and matured over time. This groundbreaking television series is a momentous achievement and marks itself as the original reality TV social experiment documenting the human psyche.

‘It was only ever supposed to be one film’
– Michael Apted, director 7 Plus Seven – 63 Up

Having been a researcher on the original Seven Up! series, and aiding in the choice of the children who were to partake, director Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist) took the helm from the second series in 1970 – 7 Plus Seven. He has returned every seven years since to chart the group’s progress, documenting the participants as they have meandered through their teenage years, grown into adults and most recently reached retirement age, while capturing them dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between – with life-changing decisions, shocking announcements and joy and tears in equal measure. He has said:

“The Up films had a modest beginning. The first was just an episode in the groundbreaking, in-your-face World in Action series. It had a sly, ingenuous surface, the charming and amusing thoughts of a group of seven-year-olds ruminating on sex, money, school, race, love, mum and dad, the future and each other.

The velvet glove of the early films hid a fierce indictment of the British class system but as the series got older it changed. It became less about a system and more about the drama of everyday life – marriage, children, holding down jobs, success, failure, love and loss; things we all relate to. Those in it have become part of the culture, a piece of all our lives.” Taken from original ITV publicity for the Up series

Now all nine editions in this acclaimed and award-winning documentary film series (including special features) are available in a very special box set from Network Distributing, released on Monday 14th October on Blu-ray and DVD.

Entering the Competition

To enter you simply need to share the competition on social media AND email us your details.

To use Twitter to share the competition, follow us @blueprintrev and copy and paste the following into a Tweet:

#competition @blueprintrev @networktweets Win the #Up series (7-63) on Blu-ray

Or you can share the page on Facebook by pasting the link or using the appropriate share icons below (don’t forget to ‘Like’ us too):

Once you’ve shared/tweeted the competition, you need to email us (subject – 7-63 Up Competition’) with your name, Twitter/Facebook handle (whichever you used to share the competition) and postal address to:

2 winners will be picked at random when the competition has closed. The competition is only open to residents of the UK – one entry per person. The competition ends on 21st October 2019 at 12pm. The winners will be contacted by email soon after that date.

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