Michael Apted, director of ‘Up’ documentary series, dies
A representative for the Directors Guild of America said his family informed the organization that he passed Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)Michael Apted, the acclaimed British director of the “Up” documentary series and films as diverse as the Loretta Lynn biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough,” has died. A representative for the Directors Guild of America said his family informed the organization that he passed Thursday night. Apted served as a researcher on the first film and took over as director seven years later, continuing to check in with the subjects every seven years. “The series was an attempt to do a long view of English society,” Apted told Slant Magazine in 2019.
Glenda Jackson film to launch PBS' 'Masterpiece' anniversary
LOS ANGELES Acclaimed actress Glenda Jackson will launch the 50th season of PBS Masterpiece drama showcase next year. The film Elizabeth is Missing, with Jackson as a woman in search of a vanished friend even as she copes with dementia, will air Jan. 3. It's based on the Emma Healey novel of the same name. Jackson, 84, is a two-time Oscar winner, for Women in Love and A Touch of Class." A 1970s adaptation of Herriots work was a public TV hit.