Celebrity Exposed

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Radio Times
Review by:
Geoff Ellis

Meet Richard Young, the celebrity photographer who pioneered what has become a way of life for an oversized scrum of modern-day paparazzi. This is an undemanding, gossipy stroll through the dawn of the celebrity age with a classy 70s pop soundtrack. It’s stuffed with cracking photos of Mick and Jerry, Paul and Linda, Rod, Freddie, Elton and pals. The extraordinary thing is, in those innocent days, national newspapers didn’t really know much about celebs — fortunately they had Young to gatecrash the parties and snap them at play. Elton recalls a gentler age here in a programme that finished too soon for me.

About this programme

1/4. Don Letts' four-part documentary exploring the work of photographer Richard Young, who recalls some of the most famous images he took in the 1970s, including pictures of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Keith Moon. He also shares his memories of the decade's celebrity culture and the importance of respecting his subjects' wishes. With contributions by Elton John, Vivienne Westwood, David Bailey and Dylan Jones.

Cast and crew


Richard Young
Elton John
Vivienne Westwood
David Bailey
Dylan Jones


Don Letts