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Tribute to Michael Apted

Tribute to Michael Apted

Kevin Lygo, ITV Managing Director, Media and Entertainment, said:

"At ITV, we are deeply saddened by the news that Michael Apted has passed away.  Michael's  long and distinguished career began and ended with ITV, spanning six decades, which is in itself truly remarkable. What that association produced was truly unique.  The Up series demonstrated the possibilities of television at its finest in its ambition and its capacity to hold up a mirror to society and engage with and entertain people while enriching our perspective on the human condition.  The influence of Michael's contribution to film and programme-making continues to be felt and he will be sadly missed."

Julian Bellamy, Managing Director, ITV Studios said:

"Michael was a visionary in documentary making and leaves us with a truly impressive body of work. The critically acclaimed Up series, which he led, set the bar high on how to make social commentary documentaries that remained engaging and insightful to viewers - a story told over a number of decades since its launch in 1964. My sympathies are with his family and friends and all those that were lucky enough to work with him."