The saying that I have chosen as a title was the impetus behind this series. A group of children from widely different social backgrounds was filmed and interviewed for television in 1964 at the age of seven, and thereafter every seven years. The first interviews in the series are hilarious, for the most part, though some are poignant. We found it compulsive viewing: it is fascinating to see people - and society - changing and developing, and to discover something of how their lives turned out, and one comes to care about what happens to them. One disadvantage of the format is a certain amount of repetition at the start of each new programme, as new viewers needed to have it explained to them what happened in the past, but by spinning out our viewing over several days we minimised the nuisance - in fact we came to look forward to some moments, like the little boy who didn't like greens. We also enjoyed the absence of background music. The interviewers kept out of sight and did not compete for attention with the subjects, who were all interesting in their different ways. The first programme was black and white, so it showed television developing too. It was quite a heart-warming programme: one could respect and like all the subjects, varied though their lives and personalities are, and in spite of the considerable social gap (discussed thoughtfully, without rancour on one side or snobbery on the other)the final impression is of the basic decency of human beings, and the unity of human experience in the journey through life. It was not clear at the end whether another set of interviews will take place in 2012: I do hope so.