Tapes stolen from BBC’s ‘Robin’

Pubcaster say series will still air in the fall

Tapes of new BBC skein “Robin Hood” have been stolen from independent producer Tiger Aspect in Hungary, where it’s filming, according to the BBC Web site.

The BBC Monday would not confirm reports that a £1 million ($1.9 million) ransom had been demanded for their return or that they were the only copies of the series.

Pubcaster said that the series, the classic tale of the hero who stole from the rich, will air in the fall as planned, despite the theft.

Robin Hood will be played by newcomer Jonas Armstrong, and the cast includes Keith Allen as the Sheriff of Nottingham and 19-year-old Lucy Griffiths as Maid Marian.

The 13-part series — written by Dominic Minghella, brother of helmer Anthony Minghella — is also receiving financial assistance from BBC America.

It will replace “Doctor Who” on BBC1 on Saturday evenings.

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