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Lazarus and the Gimp
15-09-2005, 19:30:21
On tonight on ITV. Catch the latest instalment in what I think will be hailed as the greatest TV experiment ever.

These films only happen every 7 years, so don't miss it.

Venom
15-09-2005, 19:41:54
What is it?

Lazarus and the Gimp
15-09-2005, 19:57:02
In 1963, a film crew directed by Michael Apted interviewed a group of British schoolchildren for a programme called "7 up"- they were all seven years old. They were interviewed about their lives and hopes.

They came from a mix of all classes- dirt poor to seriously rich. It was part of an experiment to see how differing classes got on.

Every seven years, the same crew go back and interview the same people- for "14 up", "21 up" etc. It sounds dumb, but in fact it's brilliant. These people are just recounting everyday lives and tragedies, and are a TV institution without being remotely famous.

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/506999/
http://www.mediaed.org.uk/forum_new/read.php?f=4&i=790&t=790
http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article311776.ece

Venom
15-09-2005, 20:13:55
Interesting. At least for reality TV.

The Norks
16-09-2005, 08:04:02
bollocks I missed it and I really wanted to see it, I saw the last one. Is it repeated?

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-09-2005, 19:12:50
There's a second episode.

The Norks
17-09-2005, 15:44:40
aha- where when?

Lazarus and the Gimp
17-09-2005, 16:44:57
Thursday 9pm on ITV.

Drekkus
18-09-2005, 21:34:49
ITV? :( Hope it's broadcasted here then. I saw it 7 years ago, and 14 years ago as well. What happened to that guy with the mental problems who lived as a hermit somewhere in the hills/mountains?

Fergus & The Brazen Car
19-09-2005, 12:19:06
Originally posted by Drekkus
ITV? :( Hope it's broadcasted here then. I saw it 7 years ago, and 14 years ago as well. What happened to that guy with the mental problems who lived as a hermit somewhere in the hills/mountains?


If it's the man I think you mean, he became a Liberal councillor in Hackney. More than enough punishment for anyone.

But at 42, Neil was a Liberal Democrat councillor for Hackney, had completed an Open University degree and taught English as a foreign language.

Although review tapes were sent to the British media only on Tuesday, The Times has reported Neil now lives in housing association accommodation in the village of Bampton, where he preaches at a local church and does charity work. It may well be that the series has saved his life.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv--radio/the-sevenups-are-back-and-facing-50/2005/09/14/1126377370400.html?oneclick=true

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-09-2005, 19:56:54
Reality TV shows make me want to commit mass murder. The "7 up" series is the only one that doesn't- it's the only one that actually reinforces my faith in mankind. I come away from it thinking that ordinary people are basically OK.

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-09-2005, 19:11:10
Well it looks like the fomerly homeless and clearly disturbed Neil is still slowly improving. He's now a town councillor in Cumbria doing the odd bit of voluntary work in Oxfam and finding happiness in his church.

Everyone came across as basically nice people, even the hideously posh QC. That's the beauty of this series. Without schmaltz or preaching, it quietly allows people to reveal themselves as pretty decent.

BigGameHunter
23-09-2005, 19:40:24
We can't have that...what will the cynics do?

Venom
23-09-2005, 20:00:07
And a man that found happiness in his church? Surely that can't be allowed.

BigGameHunter
23-09-2005, 23:46:50
Man...these Euros are all sorts of messed up, aren't they, Venom?