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Last Updated: Monday August 28 2006 14:13 GMT

BBC's new Robin Hood tapes stolen

Jonas Armstrong as Robin Hood

You might expect fake thieves on the set of a series about Robin Hood, but real ones have stolen the tapes for a big new BBC show about the hero.

The thieves apparently asked for a 1m ransom for the tapes, though this is unconfirmed. They were pinched in Hungary, where the show has been shot.

It doesn't seem these are the only copies of the tapes, as the BBC says it will still show the series in autumn.

The show cost 8m, and should go out in October on Saturday nights.

A spokeswoman said: "All reasonable steps are being taken to recover the tapes."

The 13-part series stars newcomer Jonas Armstrong as the Sherwood-based hero.

He'll be stealing from the rich and giving to the poor while avoiding the clutches of his arch-enemy the Sheriff of Nottingham.

This nasty piece of work is played by Keith Allen, dad of chart sensation Lily Allen.

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