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TV entertainer John Barrowman will be taking home a merry pay packet when he plays Robin Hood in panto this Christmas - to the tune of an estimated £270,000 for a six-week run.

The star of BBC television's Torchwood and those mind-numbing musical casting shows on TV will command the record sum for 73 shows, often two a day, for £45,000 a week (which works out at more than £3,500 each time he steps on stage and slaps his thighs at the Birmingham Hippodrome).



Oh, no it isn't! Oh, yes it is! Barrowman begins performing in Robin Hood from December 19 through to February 1.

To be fair to Barrowman, he has worked hard for his success, from appearing in West End stage musicals to sitting on judging panels with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

He has built up a popular fan base, boosted by appearances on Dr Who and his starring role in the hit spin-off Torchwood where he plays Captain Jack.

He's about to shoot a third Torchwood series which will make the leap from BBC2 to BBC1.

I reported a while ago on plans to build a prime-time BBC Saturday night entertainment show around Barrowman's showbiz skills.

He's subsequently met a team of the corporation's producers and writers to develop such a programme, and a pilot is being filmed in the autumn for broadcast in the spring.

A series will ensue if audiences like the pilot.

But because of all the TV work, Barrowman has had to withdraw from starring in a revamped revival of the musical Barnum, which impresario Cameron Mackintosh had been considering putting on at the London Palladium.

Barrowman couldn't commit to a 12-month contract because of his frenetic professional schedule, which may include TV work in America in the next year or two.

Well, the money's not in the Jonathan Ross mega-millions league - yet - but it's certainly nice work if you can get it.



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