From ITV Studios 56UP Monday May 14th on ITV 1 Picture shows : Peter at 56yrs 2012 in his band The Good Intentions with fellow band members Gabi (left) and Francesco Roskel (right) The latest instalment of ITV's landmark documentary series returns to the channel this year to visit the group of people whose lives have been documented since they were seven, to see where they are now, in 56 Up. The original 7 Up was broadcast in 1964 as a one-off World in Action Special featuring children who were selected from different backgrounds and social spheres to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation who would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become? Inspired by then World in Action editor Tim Hewat's passionate interest in both the Jesuit saying: "Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man," and the rigid class system of 1960s Britain, 7 Up set out to discover whether or not the children's lives were pre-determined by their background. The result was ground-breaking television - the very first example of a programme recording real people living real lives - and the follow-up films have won an array of awards. Director Michael Apted, has returned every seven years to chart the children's progress through life. Over the past five decades, the series has documented the group as they have become adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between. © ITV Photographer Harriet Gill For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 157 3046 This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV. Once made available by ITV Plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the TX date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This p

Decades before The Real World forced viewers to watch how people live, there was Seven Up. The 1964 documentary visited 14 7-year-olds growing up in different parts of Britain and every seven years, director Michael Apted revisits the subjects: This week, the eighth film in the series, 56 Up, has its D.C. debut. This edition finds them in the depths of middle age, contemplating their next steps, and laughing about their continued devotion to this project many of them supposedly dislike. Read more>>> The film runs through the week at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $8–$11. (202) 783-9494. (Caroline Jones)


Recently opened Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in Dupont launches Pelmeni Tuesdays today. For the uninitiated, pelmenis are Russian dumplings filled with minced meat, fish, or vegetables. Mari Vanna will offer a dozen pemenis for $9 during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and $12 after that. You can also get three dozen family-style pelmenis for $30. In addition, Mari Vanna is introducing varenikis, or Ukrainian dumplings, at $12 for 10. Mari Vanna, 1141 Connecticut Ave NW. (202) 783-7777. (May Wildman)


The Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool festival launches with a performance by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Sakari Oramo and soprano Inger Dam-Jensen. Swedish meatballs unfortunately won’t be provided. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10–$64.

Several local food figures, including Firefly chef Daniel Bortnick and Proof bar manager Adam Bernbach discuss the local food scene and the new cookbook to which they contributed, Washington D.C. Chef’s Table, tonight at Sixth & I. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $10.

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