Patients with primary refractory Hodgkin’s lymphoma or early relapse have a poor prognosis. Although many salvage regimens have been developed, there is no standard of care. Brentuximab vedotin and gemcitabine have been shown to be active in patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin’s lymphoma when used as monotherapy, and each has been successfully used in combination with other agents. Preclinical data suggest that brentuximab vedotin can sensitise lymphoma cells to gemcitabine, supporting the use of the combination. We aimed to define the safety and efficacy of brentuximab vedotin with gemcitabine in children and young adults with primary refractory Hodgkin’s lymphoma or early relapse.