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1.

Downton Abbey: Season 5

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As Season Five begins in 1924, the radio is the latest miracle, a new Labour government heralds changes through the land, and Downton's traditional ways are besieged on all fronts. Robert, Mary, and Branson must navigate these shifting sands together to ensure the future of the estate for generations to come. As Branson finds himself playing a more crucial role at Downton than ever before, he can't help but question his place in the world. Mary is finally coming to accept that she would like to marry again, but will she ever be able to find the same happiness that she had with Matthew? And with no news of her beloved Gregson, Edith suffers under the burden of her terrible secret. Downstairs, all of the servants must consider what effect social changes may have on their working lives. [...]
DVD
2015; 2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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21 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

Hardly the last or least of the Up episodes, this is nevertheless the final one to include all fourteen of the series' original subjects. Charles, ending his participation, has assumed a long-haired look standard for youthful whites of the 1970s, while Symon, impressive in his afro and mustache, idolizes Muhammad Ali. Jackie and Lynn are both married. Sue is single and employed at a travel agency, but a more stark contrast to working-class matrimony comes from Suzy, now an unconcealed enemy of marriage after her parents' divorce. Nick is studying nuclear physics at Oxford. John, for his part, has settled into a comfortable, affable conservatism, which his two upper-class cohorts echo or deflect from scene to scene. Unfortunately for Tony, his ambition to become a jockey did not pan o [...]
Online
1977
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28 Up Part 2 [electronic resource]: U.K.

After three previous installments, each one covering a particular stage of human growth and development, the Up series turned age 28 into an epochal study - one that required three separate parts in order to tell its ongoing stories. This film, the second portion of 28 Up, focuses on several participants as they reflect on their current situations in life. Career obstacles, financial challenges, and the complexities of personal relationships - those that thrive as well as those that have been neglected or broken apart - become, in each unflinching scene, the stuff of riveting documentary cinema. As with all Up episodes produced after the first one, the program includes plenty of footage taken from earlier years so that viewers can easily compare the different stages.
Online
1984; 2013
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28 Up Part 3 [electronic resource]: U.K.

After three previous installments, each one covering a particular stage of human growth and development, the Up series turned age 28 into an epochal study - one that required three separate parts in order to tell its ongoing stories. This film, the third portion of 28 Up, focuses on several participants as they reflect on their current situations in life. Career obstacles, financial challenges, and the complexities of personal relationships - those that thrive as well as those that have been neglected or broken apart - become, in each unflinching scene, the stuff of riveting documentary cinema. As with all Up episodes produced after the first one, the program includes plenty of footage taken from earlier years so that viewers can easily compare the different stages.
Online
1984; 2013
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35 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

In this program, the longitudinal Up series offers an in-depth look at its participants at age 35. John appears with his wife alongside him, while touting a new promotional goal of bringing aid to Bulgaria, his mother's birthplace. Ostensibly a worthwhile and charitable cause, his project nevertheless raised questions about the purpose of his involvement in the film. Tony's segment, also filmed with his wife, features more down-to-earth topics; the former boisterous youngster is now in the early phase of middle age and speaks with astounding frankness about his infidelities and family life. Of the three working-class women, only Lynn is still married, while Sue and Jackie have both divorced and Jackie, now a bartender, has a son from an unmarried relationship. Andrew has two sons, Ne [...]
Online
1991; 2013
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7 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

Some are ambitious - Peter and Neil want to be astronauts. Some are idealists, such as Bruce, whose solemn but misguided plans involve missionary work in "uncivilized" Africa. Then there's Lynn, who has her sights set on a job at Woolworth's. But the children in this classic 1964 documentary profess far more than sweetly malformed professional goals. At 7 years old, they display the same capacities for emotional frailty, social awkwardness, and spiritual uncertainty found in any adult. Viewers are introduced to 14 wide-eyed youngsters who will develop, as the ongoing British series illustrates every seven years, in ways that are puzzling, courageous, sad, and joyous. In this first glimpse, however, they suggest a mysterious disconnect - one that hovers between the possibilities of an [...]
Online
1964
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14 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

Also known as 7 Plus Seven, this film pushes beyond its predecessor and, as all subsequent Up installments do, makes extensive use of footage from it. Viewers are therefore able to compare the teen phase with the 7-year-old one as a dozen-plus youthful participants struggle to articulate their states of mind. A few subjects, such as the bespectacled Nick and rather petulant Suzy, seem wholly unwilling to face the camera's gaze. From the trio of wealthy boys, however, there is more revelation, mostly in matters of politics and business, while the three working-class girls - Jackie, Lynn, and Sue - touch on those areas as well, in their own ways. Meanwhile, Tony appears to inhabit his own personal dreamscape, in which he may or may not become a jockey at Epsom Downs. This is the first [...]
Online
1970
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The Windsors, a Royal Family

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An examination of the House of Windsor, spanning four generations of the House of Windsor.
DVD
2004; 1994
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Lost Prince

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Miranda Richardson and Tom Hollander star as Queen Mary and King George V. After discovering that their son Prince John (Daniel Williams and Matthew Thomas) suffers from epilepsy and learning disabilities, the royals have the boy sent off to be raised in a rural farmhouse, lest he tarnish the family's image of superiority. Removed from the public eye and the attention of his parents, Prince John forms a loving bond with his nurse, Lalla (Gina McKee).
DVD
2004; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Gavin & Stacey: Season One

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Gavin and Stacey speak every day on the phone at work, and yet they've never met ... until now. Gavin is an ordinary boy from England. Stacey is an ordinary girl from Wales. When Gavin and Stacey finally meet, the peculiar personalities of their families and friends guarantee that there will be no such thing as 'ordinary' ever again.
DVD
2009; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Forsyte Saga: Series Two

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The evocative saga of love, power and betrayal continues into the next generation in this story of first love blighted by old family hatreds.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

The Mallens

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The saga of the Mallens, an ambitious, scandal-ridden dynasty in nineteenth-century England.
DVD
2002; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Forsyte Saga: Series One

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It is late in the Victorian era, and two branches of an upper-crust family--the "good" Forsytes, headed by well-meaning Old Jolyon, and the "bad" Forsytes, headed by crusty barrister James--are at odds, eternally squabbling. The 'saga' focuses on the younger generations - Young Jolyon, Soames, Winifred, June - and their struggles with emotional repression, the rejection of Victorian mores, and the sea changes taking place as a less repressive society emerged. Every family may indeed have its vicissitudes, but few have as many as John Galsworthy's Forsytes.
DVD
2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Barbara

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She's a no-nonsense, take-no-guff housewife, ruling her Yorkshire home with an iron fist and an acid tongue. In Barbara's chaotic world her husband routinely gets in trouble, daughter Linda has a goofball husband, then there's her lazy Romeo of a son ...
DVD
2004; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Easy Virtue

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A newly married couple visits the husband's family in England where the wife faces disapproval from her mother-in-law over her free-spirited American ways.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)