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Time to catch up with reality TV pioneers

The latest chapter in the life and times of a local lawyer will be aired on national television next week.

Successful barrister John Brisby QC was one of the children to feature in ground-breaking reality TV series 7 Up in 1964. It took a group of seven-year-olds from different parts of the country and looked at their backgrounds and hopes for the future.

It was made by Granada TV's world in Action team and was one of the first programmes to focus on real people.

After its initial success, producers have revisited the children every seven years and the series has continued to document the group over the last five decades.

48 Up is being shown next week when we find out what Mr Brisby and the others have been doing as they approach their half century mark.

Even back in 1964 John Brisby, who now lives at Stocking Farm, Falcutt, was reading The Times and had plotted out his life. Now he works as a QC, specialising in company and commercial law and financial services.

He has worked on some top cases from his chambers at Chancery Lane, London, and he will appear on the programme on ITV1 at 9pm next Thursday and September 22.

Mr Brisby declined to comment.

The Banbury Guardian - 8th September 2005

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