Robert Young (director)

Robert William Young (born 16 March 1933) is a British television and film director.

Not be confused with Robert M. Young (director).
Robert Young
Born (1933-03-16) 16 March 1933
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
OccupationFilm director, television director
Years active1972–present

Young was born in Cheltenham, and in the 1980s and early 1990s, established himself as a leading director of British TV drama. In the 1970s, he directed Vampire Circus (1972), Soldier's Home (1977)[1] and Hammer House of Horror. He directed several episodes of Minder and Bergerac in the early 1980s, and the acclaimed TV serial The Mad Death which centred on a rabies outbreak. Perhaps his best remembered television work was on Robin of Sherwood, for which he directed many of the best-regarded episodes.

Young moved towards black comedy in the early 1990s, directing Jeeves and Wooster based on the stories written by P.G. Wodehouse, and G.B.H., for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award. It was partly on the strength of GBH that he was assigned to direct Fierce Creatures, John Cleese's 1997 follow-up to A Fish Called Wanda, which featured many of the same cast as GBH. However, the production ran into problems and Fred Schepisi was brought in to finalise the movie. Young did, however, direct Splitting Heirs, which starred Cleese and Eric Idle.

Young has continued to work on television drama since then.

Selected filmography


  1. Thomas S. Hischak (21 June 2012). American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and Their Adaptations. McFarland. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-7864-9279-4.

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