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Landmark “Up” doc series returning to BBC1 after seven years

The generation-spanning documentary series Up will return to BBC1 this fall as a two-part docuseries, 28Up Millennium Generation, produced by Multistory Media. The new two-part series is directed by Julian Farino ...
September 13, 2021

The generation-spanning documentary series Up will return to BBC1 this fall as a two-part docuseries, 28Up Millennium Generation, produced by Multistory Media.

The new two-part series is directed by Julian Farino (Giri/Haji, pictured) and produced by Melanie Archer (Race for the White House). This will be the fourth in the 7Up series of films that has followed the lives of a group of subjects across the UK every seven years, beginning in 2000 when they were 7 years old; they’re now 28.

The series has been made by the same production team for the past 20 years, highlighting and celebrating ordinary lives and painting a picture of Britain at the turn of the millennium. The filmmakers have followed their subjects from childhood through adolescence and, at 21, young adulthood. For 28Up they’ll be preparing to enter their thirties, dealing with careers and family as well as struggling with issues like mental health, grief and lost dreams.

28Up Millennium Generation is executive produced by Melanie Archer, Julian Farino and Mark Rubens for Multistory Media, Joanna Lewis is the film’s production manager for Multistory, while Kim Horton is the film’s editor. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, director of factual, arts & classical music, and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Emma Loach.

“We are thrilled to announce that the celebrated Up series will be returning to BBC1 later this month with 28Up Millennium Generation. Seven years on from the last instalment, our fully matured protagonists now find themselves catapulted into adult life, and having to adapt to a sharply competitive world, increased responsibilities and fresh challenges brought on by a global pandemic,” said BBC commissioning editor Loach in a release.

Added Farino: “I have worked extensively in drama but there is something uniquely special about filming the 7Up series over these last 21 years. To befriend and watch people grow up on film is extraordinary and is an absolute privilege.”

28Up Millennium Generation will be broadcast on BBC1 this fall and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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