42 Up

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode of the series. I feel that 42 is significant age, moreso than 28 or 35, say. The subjects are truly middle-aged now – some having aged better than others. More than a few times I was saddened by this ageing - youth really is fleeting. But that's life, and I was pleased that, on the whole, the subjects seem happier than in the previous instalment.

There is so much to take from these films. I continue to be grateful for their creation, and I hope that they continue.

One thing by which I was struck, although not surprised, was the number of subjects who have lost one or both parents by 42. Surely death will only increase as a theme throughout the series. As someone who has lost of parent, I'm really glad that these discussions were included.

I look forward to 49 Up.

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