Paul Young (actor)

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Paul Young
Born (1944-07-03) 3 July 1944 (age 74)
OccupationActor, Presenter
Known for

Paul Young (born 3 July 1944) is a Scottish television actor and presenter.

Young was born in Edinburgh, the son of the actor John Young. He was educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh.[citation needed]

A former child actor (he played the eponymous hero of the film Geordie as a boy), he played First Officer William Murdoch in the 1979 tv movie S. O. S. Titanic. Some of his later credits include The Tales of Para Handy, No Job for a Lady, Taggart, The Crow Road, Coronation Street and Still Game.

Young has gone on to find long-lasting fame among the fishing community, fronting a series of fishing TV shows, which began with "Hooked On Scotland" on the BBC in 1991. The show enjoyed somewhat unexpected success,[citation needed] winning a BAFTA for the first series. After two series, the show switched to ITV (Scottish TV), with the name changing to Hooked on Scottish and Paul's brief widening to include trips to fishing hot-spots around the world.

In 1999, Young was hooked by Scottish, and the show - with much the same format of Paul catching fish in lots of interesting places, each episode showcasing a different type of fish - was taken on by the Discovery Channel with the name changing again to "Hooked on Fishing". This ran successfully for 6 series up to 2004.[citation needed]

Young plays the character of Hugh "Shug" McLaughlin in Still Game, appearing occasionally in the early series but by series 5 and 6 becoming a regular cast member. Nicknamed "shug the lug" on the account of Paul Young's trademark ears. Shug is generally the only pensioner that knows about gadgets and new technology in the group.

Paul was involved in the lost Beatles interview,[1] recorded in April 1964 at the Scottish Television studios, Cowcaddens, Glasgow. The reel of film was found in a rusting film can in South London.


Date Title Role Director Station
8 January 2004 Bampot Central[2] Mackay/Captain Finlay Craig Lu Kemp BBC Radio 3 The Wire
30 July 2007 Be Prepared: The Amateur Assassin[3] Reader Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading
17 March 2008 The Singing Sands[4] Reader - BBC Radio 7 repeated on Radio4Extra, 21 to 24 May 2012
7 January 2009 The Intelligence of Hearts[5] Reader Eilidh McCreadie BBC Radio 4 Scottish Shorts
18 February 2014 McLevy: A Different Path[6] Craddock Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
4 March 2014 McLevy: A Sore Convulsion[7] Craddock Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama


  1. ^ Shannon, Howard (30 June 2008). "Lost Beatles interview unearthed". Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  2. ^ BBC – The Wire – Bampot Central
  3. ^ BBC – Afternoon Reading – Be Prepared: The Amateur Assassin
  4. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra Programmes – The Singing Sands
  5. ^ BBC – Scottish Shorts – The Intelligence of Hearts
  6. ^ BBC – Afternoon Drama – McLevy: A Different Path
  7. ^ BBC – Afternoon Drama – McLevy: A Sore Convulsion

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