An event organised by the Tavistock Centre and the Centre for Narrative Research, UEL 3 July 2013, Tavistock Centre, London

Michael Apted's 7-Up Series has been a landmark in the representation of ordinary lives on television. The series has followed the lives of 13 people, chosen from a variety of social backgrounds, from 7 to 56 years of age, with programmes made about them at seven year intervals. The most recent episode was broadcast in 2012.

This series is of great interest for those working in the fields of both psychotherapy and narrative studies, and to those who are interested in research in these areas. The sympathetic understanding of its subjects communicated by these programmes is of an exemplary quality, reminiscent of that which one hopes to find in the work of the professions concerned with human relations.

In this workshop, we discussed this series, with screen excerpts and introductory talks. The event took place in the main lecture theatre at the Tavistock Centre, from 1.30 pm to 5pm on Wednesday July 3 2013. It was an event in the Research Workshop series for the Child Psychotherapy programme.

  • Susan Bell  (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College,  Maine, USA.)
  • Corinne Squire (Co-Director, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East  London)
  • Biddy Youell  (Child Psychotherapist, Tavistock Centre)
  • Michael Rustin (University of East London and Tavistock Centre)