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Mal Young
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Mal Young

Mal Young (born in Liverpool, England, in 1956) is a British television producer and executive . His initial career was in the Graphic Design industry, and it was not until the age of 27 that he began working in television, on the acclaimed Channel 4 soap opera Brookside.

Working on the show for nearly a decade, he worked his way up to become its producer in the early 1990s, although his tenure was criticised by some for taking the show away from its social realist roots towards a more sensationalist, ratings-chasing format. He moved on to work on ITV police drama The Bill and then later another soap opera, Channel 5's Family Affairs.

In 1998, he moved to the BBC to become the corporation's Controller of Continuing Drama Series, a position he still holds as of June 2004. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all of the organisation's in-house continuing episodic drama series (as opposed to serials, which are handled by the Head of Serials).

Programmes he is responsible for include the soap opera EastEnders; medical dramas Doctors, Casualty and the latter's spin-off series Holby City; police dramas Dalziel & Pascoe, Waking the Dead and Merseybeat; anthology shows The Afternoon Play and Murder in Mind; legal drama Judge John Deed; rural-set Down to Earth; 1950s historical piece Born and Bred and science-fiction series Doctor Who.

He is engaged to the singer Mari Wilson, who he met at a charity function in 2001. In July 2004, in a poll of industry experts conducted by Radio Times magazine, he was voted the 9th Most Powerful Person in Television Drama.