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TV land: Keith's putting the fear of Gord into us.

Byline: NICOLA METHVEN and POLLY HUDSON

KEITH Allen has revealed a terrible secret about his role as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham in the BBC's new version of Robin Hood - he's based him on Gordon Brown.

Now, Keith is not exactly a paragon of virtue himself - what with the boozing, womanising and generally being a loudmouth.

But it seems he needed a bit of extra inspiration to play Robin's evil nemesis.

And who better to use as motivation for total badness than our very own Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Speaking from the heart of Sherwood Forest - well, Hungary - cocky Keith tells us: "I've based the character on Gordon Brown. I've just watched the news all night and I see a calculating, devilish person at work.

"So the Sheriff is a sociopath, utterly asexual, devilishly charming and very politically ambitious. The feeling is he is waiting in the wings for Prince John to step aside.

"I think he sees himself as a future dictator of England - which is where the Gordon Brown thing comes in."

Keith's sadistic lieutenant Guy of Gisbourne is played by Richard Armitage and he has his eye on Robin's bird.

Maid Marian is played by the beauteous Lucy Griffiths and she mostly loves Robin, played by Jonas Armstrong.

The drama series mixes action with romance, and is going to be a bit modern, too.

Jonas says: "We've come up with something cool that's both modern and medieval, with a bit of street."

Hmm. Rumours are rife that scenes are being re-shot as the serious bits and the funny bits "didn't mix" and Robin looked a bit puny. But the clip we saw was all bows and arrows, swashbuckling and swooning.

Hurrah for that!

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2006
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