7 Plus Seven

The story behind TV's longest-running documentary series, Up

Jackie, Lynn and Sue in the original Seven Up! (Credit: ITV)

Give me the child for his first seven years, and I will give you the man.” This nature-nurture Jesuit maxim has been the lodestone of the legendary documentary series Up since it began in 1964.

Originally intended by Granada as a one-off, Seven Up! looked at the lives of a group of seven-year-olds from a variety of social backgrounds and areas of the UK, breaking convention by interviewing just the children.