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Hustle
Hustle title card2-640.jpg
Title card from series 5 onwards
Format Drama
Created by Tony Jordan
Starring Adrian Lester
Robert Glenister
Matt Di Angelo
Kelly Adams
Robert Vaughn
Marc Warren
Jaime Murray
Ashley Walters
Theme music composer Simon Rogers
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 36 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 60 minutes per episode (UK)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
BBC HD (2007–present)
Original run 24 February 2004 – present

Hustle is a British television drama series made by Kudos Film & Television for BBC One in the United Kingdom. Created by Tony Jordan and first broadcast in 2004, the series follows a group of con artists who specialise in "long cons" – extended deceptions which require greater commitment, but which return a higher reward than simple confidence tricks.

The sixth series of Hustle started on 4 January 2010 and consisted of six episodes. On 10 February 2010, the series finished airing.

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Production

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Conception

Hustle was largely born from the same production team that created and popularised the early series of Spooks, a similarly-styled drama series first broadcast in 2002.[1] Bharat Nalluri, that series' Executive Director, first conceived the idea in early 2002 while filming for the first Spooks series was ongoing.[2] Nalluri pitched the concept to Jane Featherstone, Managing Director of Kudos Film & Television which was the production company behind Spooks, in the back of a taxi while returning from a day's filming.[2][3] Intrigued by the idea, Featherstone recruited Tony Jordan, the lead scriptwriter of the soap opera EastEnders,[4] to develop it into a workable proposal.[5]

Jordan quickly produced some initial script drafts, which Featherstone took to the BBC; Gareth Neame, Head of Drama Commissioning, rapidly approved a six-part series.[1] Featherstone assembled a production team that had considerable overlap with the Spooks crew, including Simon Crawford Collins as producer and Matthew Graham as co-writer.[1] In creating the first episodes, Jordan drew inspiration from the long tradition of confidence tricks and heists in Hollywood and television, including The A Team, The Sting and The Grifters.[5] Featherstone remarked that "Ocean's Eleven was on around the time Bharat and I first spoke, and I think it helped to inspire us, but really we took our inspiration from a whole catalogue of movies and books... we wanted to make something that had the energy, verve, style and pure entertainment value of those sorts of films"[6] At the same time, the writers attempted to draw on the success of recent blockbusters such as Ocean's Eleven and Mission: Impossible; speaking in an interview in December 2003, Crawford explained that "[such shows] worked because of the interaction within the group – the plotlines were almost irrelevant".[7]

Casting

With Hustle greenlit for filming, the production team began searching for actors to play both the main characters and the marks for each episode. The process was initially quite difficult; Crawford described his "immediate thought [as] 'this is so good, how the hell are we going to get a cast to live up to these characters?' ... Tony had created incredibly strong characters, each with their own particular style and panache, but they also had to form a believable, if unusual, 'family' unit".[8] Robert Vaughn, the Academy Award-nominated star of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., was soon suggested as a natural choice to play Albert Stroller, the elderly 'roper' responsible for ensnaring potential marks.[8] After meeting Vaughn over lunch, Crawford "[recognised] straight away that he could bring a whole new dimension to the part of Albert".[8] Vaughn was immediately offered the role, and asked to begin filming the following day.[9]

Jordan's script called for a group of five con artists or "grifters", with a wide range of ages, appearances and experience.[10] The production team cast Adrian Lester, at the time playing Henry V at the National Theatre, as Michael Stone, the former leader of the group;[11] Marc Warren as Danny Blue, the "inside man";[11][12] and Robert Glenister as Ash Morgan, the "fixer";[12] in August 2003. Although having numerous credits in film and on the stage, Lester was an unknown face in television, having had less than two hours broadcast screen time prior to the first Hustle series.[5][13] Lester explained that he "couldn't imagine playing the same character for years, but Hustle was completely different. In the very first rehearsal we were doing a dance routine and then the next thing I know I'm whacking out several different accents and I just thought, 'I'm in heaven, this is great!'".[13]

Jaime Murray completed the lead actors, playing Stacie Monroe who, as the grifters' only female member, is self-styled as "the lure".[12] Murray, described by one of the Hustle production team as "that rare specimen – a stunningly beautiful actress who can actually act",[14] and who auditioned in platform shoes to match her 5 ft 7in height with Stacie's description as having "legs that go on for miles",[15] was reportedly "terrified" to be working with the more famous actors Vaughn and Lester, saying "when we were filming the first couple of episodes I was absolutely petrified and was convinced that it would be really obvious on screen. So when I watched some of it on tape I was totally amazed that you couldn't see how frightened I really was. I kept thinking, 'Oh my God! I'm working with Adrian Lester and Robert Vaughn. Any time now someone is going to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to get my coat!'".[14]

In addition to the lead actors, the production team recruited a number of actors, both major and minor, to play the marks in each episode; including David Haig, Tamzin Outhwaite, and David Calder.[10][16]

Filming

With the cast and crew in place, filming for the first Hustle series took place in London between August and November 2003.[12] The lead actors were given professional instruction in sleight-of-hand and pickpocketing; "all the tricks of the trade from card-shuffling to stealing watches", according to Lester.[13] The cast found the experience informative; Murray explained, "I realised that most cons are all about diversion – while you're trying to con somebody you're doing something to distract them in the opposite direction so they don't notice and that's exactly how pickpockets work".[14]

Several members of the cast described Hustle's filming schedule as incredibly hectic. Vaughn said that "[the role] was offered to me, and I was told to get on a plane an hour after I got the phone call and start shooting the following day".[9] Speaking in 2009 after filming four series of the show, Lester explained that "when we start shooting Hustle we film two episodes concurrently, with the scenes out of sequence. Knowing where you are in the intricate plots at any one moment is... challenging".[17] Murray, by contrast, claimed that the hardest scene to film was from the fourth episode, when Danny loses spectacularly to Stacie in strip poker and ends up entirely naked. "It was the toughest scene for me of the entire six months we spent filming the series... Stacie is supposed to be calm, cool and collected... she looks down, checks him out and casually and suavely makes a comment. I kept looking down, dissolving into fits of laughter and was almost unable to deliver my line. So all you'll see is me laughing".[18]

Although the programme typically contains few non-trivial stunts or dramatic special effects, the first episode includes an example of Ash Morgan's favourite con, known as "The Flop": having previously received a fractured skull in a bar brawl, Morgan deliberately steps in front of moving cars and exaggerates the accident. Although not actually hurt, X-ray scans show his fractured skull, and the driver's insurance company pays out a compensation claim.[19] Glenister balked at doing the entire stunt himself, saying "I got a stunt man who did all the smashing against the windscreen stunts but I did everything else... We all like doing the stunts involving driving fast because it's boy's-own stuff but when it comes to the dangerous stunts I'm quite happy to leave it to someone else!"[19]

Release

The first episode of Hustle was broadcast on BBC One on 24 February 2004,[1] driven by a strong advertising campaign organised by Abbott Mead Vickers,[20] surrounding its slogan, "the con is on".[21] The programme was an immediate success, attracting over 6.7 million viewers,[22][23] and attracting favourable reviews (see below). Before the first series had finished airing, the BBC had sold rebroadcast licenses to TV channels in twelve countries, including Italy,[24] Norway,[25] Germany,[25] Israel, Russia and the Netherlands.[26] Anita Davison, Commercial Director for BBC Worldwide, claimed that "The series [had] all the hallmarks of a huge international hit".[26] The series was later licensed to broadcasters in India and South America.[27]

Later series

In response to the extremely positive reaction, the BBC recommissioned the show for a second series on 17 March 2004, after just three episodes had aired.[23][28] The second series retained much of the initial production team including Jordan as lead scriptwriter, and introduced Karen Wilson as producer;[28] all of the show's lead actors agreed to reprise their roles.

Series two

Filming for the second Hustle series took place in the summer of 2004, again in and around central London. Lester described the second shoot as "much easier" than the chaotic first series. "On the first series we didn't know each other... we were trying to work out what roles we were going to play and the scripts were still being written as we were shooting it; it was all a case of finding out what exactly Hustle was going to be.. second time around it was much easier, much quicker... when we were reading the script you could really hear the other actors doing their lines because you knew kind of how they were going to do them..."[29] With the success of the first series, Hustle's team of writers were able to be more inventive in creating new plots for the second six-episode run.[30]

The programme retained all of the lead actors from the first series; guest actors appearing the second run included Lee Ingleby, Fay Ripley,[31] and Robert Llewellyn.[32] The second series was broadcast on BBC One from 29 March 2005,[33] to a first-night audience of 6.7 million.[34]

Series three

In the wake of the equally-successful second series, the BBC took Hustle to the American market, securing a licensing deal with AMC.[35] In addition to exclusive broadcast rights to the first and second series in the United States,[35] AMC also took the position of co-production partner on the third series,[36] already in pre-production, with the option to take the same position on a fourth series.[36] The BBC described the move as "Securing the right platform... essential for a series to succeed in the competitive US market...".[35] The first two series premiered in the US in January 2006,[37] erroneously billed as an "AMC original series".[37] The BBC also secured new licensing deals with broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand.[38][39]

Capitalising on Hustle's international success, the BBC created a spinoff series, The Real Hustle, which premiered on 10 February 2006.[40] The documentary follows three genuine hustlers – a magician and professional gambler,[41] a glamorous actress,[42] and a professional sleight-of-hand artist and crooked gambling consultant[43] – as they pull short-cons on unsuspecting businesses and members of the public. The BBC described the series as an attempt "to reveal how the scams work so that the viewer can avoid being ripped off by the same con".[44]

All five of the lead actors again reprised their roles in the third series, which featured guest stars including Richard Chamberlain,[45] Linford Christie, Sara Cox and Paul Nicholls.[46] The series premiered on 10 March 2006,[47] running until 14 April. The second episode, featuring Danny and Mickey running naked through Trafalgar Square,[48] attracted a viewing audience of 6 million.[49] Lester described the scene as one of his most embarrassing moments on-set, saying "you forget just how many phone cameras there are... we thought [the Square] was fairly deserted, but as soon as someone shouted 'Action' there was a tourbus behind us and the whole top deck suddenly started filming".[50]

Series four

With the backing of AMC, a fourth series of Hustle was virtually guaranteed, and by late 2006 it was clear that the cable network was taking a commanding role in the show's development.[51] Despite the increased funding AMC provided, which allowed the writers to set episodes in Las Vegas and Los Angeles,[52] the series was quickly mired in casting concerns. It was first rumoured in April 2006 that Adrian Lester might not reprise the role of Mickey Bricks in the fourth series;[53] the BBC confirmed his departure in September that year, casting Ashley Walters as a replacement lead character.[54] The BBC was quick to dispel any suggestion that Lester's resignation was connected to the shift in production focus, stating "it is a shame that, due to his current filming commitments, Adrian cannot join us this time round...",[54] while Lester explained his action as "need[ing] to do something else, be associated with something else".[55] However, Lester also admitted that he felt that the series "just got a little bit too 'light'".[55]

Series five

Series Five debuted on 4 January 2009 with the return of Adrian Lester and the departure of cast members Marc Warren & Jaime Murray. With the return of Lester's character, Mickey Bricks, Ashley Walters didn't reprise his role from series 4. The series resumed production in the summer of 2008. AMC reports it will not broadcast this or future seasons of Hustle.

Series six

Series Six started 4 January 2010.[56] All of the 5th series cast returned with production that moved to Birmingham,[57] despite the show retaining its London setting. The series once again consists of 6 episodes.[58] Lolita Chakrabarti (Lester's real-life wife) made a guest star appearance as Museum Curator Nishika Baboor in this season's third episode, Tiger Troubles.

Series seven

A seventh series is in production and was confirmed on UK morning television show GMTV by Kelly Adams who plays Emma Kennedy in the show.[citation needed] She will reprise her role but a full cast list is unknown. The seventh series currently has no broadcast date.

Format

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A scene from Series 5, Episode 3, demonstrating the programme's use of bullet time.

Each episode of Hustle is a stand-alone programme, with usually little or no connection to other episodes in the series, however it has contained some continuity before, for example:

  • An ongoing storyline of Mickey's wife wanting a divorce and a settlement in the second and third episodes of the first series.
  • The team going on a holiday at the end of the first series and returning at the start of the second.
  • The team being caught using a fake credit card and having to vacate their hotel place at the end of the second series and still being homeless at the start of the third.
  • Billy gradually moving up in his position in the team during the fourth series.
  • The team conning two men in the second episode of the fifth series then them returning in the final episode of the same series to get revenge.
  • The team evading a detective's attempt to catch them in the act in the first episode of the sixth series, the detective subsequently helping an old friend of hers capture them and blackmail them into doing a bank job in the sixth episode, only for the team to con the friend again before sending a message to the detective 'apologising' for her failure.

Each one-hour programme follows the team of grifters as they practice the "long con", an extended deception practised against one or more "marks". Speaking in a documentary video, Adrian Lester described the difference between the long con and more common confidence tricks: "where you take a mark and convince them of a certain situation or a lie, and you send them away to get more money and come back and give it to you".[29] In the first series, Stacie explains to Danny the reason such long cons tend to work: unlike the more obvious short cons, "most marks don't report a con because they think they've done something illegal, or better still, they don't know they've been conned in the first place".[29]

The team adhere to the credo "you can't con an honest man", with all of their marks being people who have some kind of illegal activity in their pasts or simply demonstrating a fundamentally negative personality; in one episode, Mickey stated that he selects marks that he personally has reason to dislike in order to ensure that the con is never exclusively about the money. Some episodes have even featured the crew performing cons that benefit people they have befriended over the course of the episode rather than having them be the sole benefactors of the con; examples include them faking a jewel theft from the Tower of London and allowed a member of the cleaning staff to discover it after she showed sympathy for team member Ash Morgan while he was working undercover as an immigrant worker (Eye of the Beholder), leaving the money stolen from a highly secure slot machine in a casino to a security guard at the casino who had advised Stacie Monroe during her brief employment (Big Daddy Calling), or threatening to 'return' a stolen painting only after the rights to the security system that protected it had been returned to the wife of the original inventor (The inventor having committed suicide after he was cheated out of the patent) (New Recruits).

The series frequently breaks the fourth wall (usually at least once per episode) and uses cutaway scenes shot in a different style from the rest of the show. For example, in several episodes the characters appear to "stop time", interacting with other characters that are frozen in place, discussing the con either with each other, or even with the audience. The technique is used as a metaphor for how the main characters manipulate their environment at will, as opposed to normal people who are oblivious to what is going on. Examples of this can be seen in the pilot episode (The Con is On), the first episode of the second series (Gold Mine) and the second episode of the fourth series (Signing Up to Wealth). Other fourth wall-breaking moments are more subtle – a character smiles at the camera as the con begins to take shape, or makes an editorial comment to the viewers. Some episodes insert fantasy sequences – scenes shot like a Bollywood musical or a silent movie, for example.

Each episode also amounts to a confidence game played upon the viewers through the use of misdirection and hidden plot details that are revealed at the end of the story. Not all cons depicted are successful, and some episodes focus on the characters dealing with the consequences of their actions. However, even if a con does fail, the characters usually come out on top in some way or other.

In addition to one long con, each episode features a number of short cons played by the major characters on members of the public. The short cons demonstrate the seemingly endless array of tricks professional con men possess and the ease with which short cons can be played.

Broadcast history

Series UK Broadcast Average Audience[22]
1 24 February – 30 March 2004 6.47 million
2 25 March – 3 May 2005 5.82 million
3 10 March – 14 April 2006 5.86 million
4 3 May – 7 June 2007 5.54 million
5 8 January – 12 February 2009 6.07 million
6 4 January – 8 February 2010 6.27 million

In October 2005, it was announced that the BBC had sold United States screening rights for the first two series to cable television station AMC, who joined as a production partner for the third run. The series is also screened in Spain and Portugal through the People+Arts channel, partially owned by the BBC. The first two series aired back-to-back on CBC in Canada during the summer of 2006. The third series premiered on CBC on 13 February 2007.

Series 4 marked a departure from the usual airing of the series. Typically, the BBC would air the episode in the UK and then 6 to 9 months later they would air in the US on AMC. However, due to the additional funding that AMC provided for the production, Series 4 debuted in the US on 18 April 2007, prior to airing in the UK. As a result of AMC's increased involvement, the first and final episodes of series 4 were filmed on location in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The series has also been shown in other countries such as New Zealand, Australia (both on ABC1 and Foxtel's UKTV), Japan, Italy on La7 and Finland on MTV3. Currently series two is aired to the middle east (Mostly KSA, Oman & UAE) by Dubai One channelbased in Dubai UAE. Virgin Media TV bought the rights to broadcast Hustle on its flagship channel Virgin 1.

The series received a spin-off documentary, The Real Hustle, in which Paul Wilson, Jessica-Jane Clement and Alexis Conran travel the country demonstrating cons to real people with the aid of hidden cameras. It is aired regularly on BBC Three.

The title sequence, created by Berger & Wyse,[59] was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award (2005), a BAFTA (2006) and an Emmy (2007).[60] The title music, composed by Simon Rogers was also nominated for the Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Emmy in 2007.

Following much media speculation, including reports of the programme being cancelled[61] and a motion picture spin-off,[62] the BBC announced on 12 June 2008 that Hustle had been recommissioned for a fifth series with series 1–3 star, Adrian Lester returning to the show alongside Robert Glenister and Robert Vaughn.[63] Due to scheduling conflicts, Marc Warren and Jaime Murray did not feature in series five, with Matt Di Angelo and Kelly Adams joining the cast.[64]

Future

In June 2006 20th Century Fox acquired the film rights to Hustle;[65] a film adaptation of the programme is currently being written by creator Tony Jordan, who has written several drafts but is still developing the script.[66] In February 2009, executive producer, Simon Crawford Collins stated that the movie is to be produced by a major US studio.[67]

Cast

Main characters

The main cast of Hustle (series 5-present)
  • Michael "Mickey Bricks" Stone (Played by Adrian Lester, series 1–3, 5–present[64]) is the group’s leader and ‘inside man’. An ambitious, intelligent and driven conman, Stone watched his father struggle to make an honest living for many years before he died just prior to the retirement he had looked forward to his whole life. Mickey understandably hates the system that he feels killed his father, and is determined to make sure he never struggles in the same way. A highly respected long-con expert, it is rumoured that he and Stacie "had a thing once”. Early on in the show, Mickey’s wife divorces him because of his dishonest lifestyle; this plot point helps to illustrate why the life of a grifter isn’t as much fun as it may seem – it can undermine a person’s ability to ever lead a normal life. (This is a theme that reappears throughout the show). Mickey left the team between series three and five, to head up a long con in Sydney, Australia, one that only the great Mickey Bricks could pull off: selling the Sydney Opera House. It is revealed in the first episode of series 5 that he was successful in this con but after being chased by Australian police he had to ditch the money he had made and returned to London to find his old crew who had gone their separate ways. Mickey is shocked to discover Ash making his way by pulling off small bar bets and cons in clubs, but manages to persuade him to return to the crew. He is also shocked to find out that Albert has been locked away in prison for ripping off a casino. He saves Emma Kennedy and her brother Sean from an angry mark and then lets them become part of his new crew as Danny and Stacie were away in the states. As of series 5 Mickey owns a 50% share in the new Eddie's Bar which he invested £30,000 of Emma and Sean's money into to re-open the bar after it had been forced to close due to the credit crunch.
  • Ash "Three Socks" Morgan (Played by Robert Glenister, series 1–present) is the team’s Fixer, who earned his nickname after his first trip to the showers while in prison. Ash can turn his hand to any job, and is seen at various points acquiring vast amounts of foreign currency, rigging a sophisticated alarm system and pretending to be an oil consultant. When Ash first appears on the show, he is working his favourite con; after deliberately stepping in front of a moving car, Ash passes off an old skull fracture that he obtained in a bar-room brawl as a fresh injury, in order to make an insurance claim. By series 5, the crew has gone their separate ways, but following his return to London, Mickey returns to find Ash and is shocked to discover he is pulling minor bets and cons on city bankers. Ash then teams up with Mickey once more.
  • Sean Kennedy (Played by Matt Di Angelo, series 5–present). Sean posed as a PA to his sister Emma while they tried to pull a con on Mickey and Ash, who were actually trying to con him and Emma believing them to be in the property market. It was revealed that the whole event had been set up by Albert so that Mickey could form a new crew which included Emma and Sean. Mickey was not happy about this, but in the end he and Ash saved Sean and Emma from being attacked by a vengeful mark, and later decided that Emma and Sean could join the crew as the new members to replace Danny and Stacie. Unlike previous 'junior members' Danny and Billy, Sean has never shown any specific desire to replace or equal the current leader, being content with his current role in regular schemes- although he attempted to take control on two occasions, the first time he acted alone was part of the plan for a larger-scale con, while the second attempt was based around his desire for revenge against the father who had abandoned him and Emma when they were children- although he has been shown taking lesson from Ash in various short-con antics such as pick-pocketing, and demonstrates a surprisingly photographic memory even when drunk.
  • Emma Kennedy (Played by Kelly Adams, series 5–present). Emma posed as a property developer in order to con Mickey and Ash, who were trying to con her believing her to be in the property market, yet it was revealed that the whole event had been set up by Albert so that Mickey could form a new crew. Mickey was not happy about this, but in the end he and Ash saved Emma and her brother Sean (who posed as her personal assistant) from being attacked by a vengeful mark; they later decided that Emma and her brother could join the crew as the new members to replace Danny and Stacie. Although she claims to be cynical when it comes to romantic matters, she has demonstrated some degree of feelings for Mickey, being apparently jealous when he had dinner with a female detective.
  • Albert Stroller (Played by Robert Vaughn, series 1–present) is the team’s Roper. His job is to find the perfect mark: someone who is rich, greedy and has a weakness the team can exploit – and to hook them into the scheme, sometimes with the use of a ‘convincer’ (allowing the mark to make a profit initially, to win his trust for the next, much bigger investment; of which he or she will not see a penny). Once a shoe salesman in the American Midwest, Albert is an old-style grifter, a gentleman, and a grandfather figure and mentor to the group. By series 5, the old crew had gone their separate ways, but following his return to London Mickey returns to find his old crew and meets up with barman Eddie who informs Mickey that Albert has been locked up after ripping off a casino. Albert then helps Mickey and Ash from his prison cell claiming to have a new mark, but in actuality he has set up two lots of grifters so that Mickey can get them together and form his new crew.
  • Eddie (portrayed by Rob Jarvis, series 1–present) is the owner (and barman) of Eddie's Bar where the group often plan cons. He is fully aware of the group and their dealings, and usually (but not always) adopts a "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" attitude. Often a victim of the petty grifts played on him by the crew whenever they want to get out of paying their bar tab, make a point to someone (usually either Danny or Eddie himself) or are just plain bored, Eddie has recently taken an active role as a bit player in one of their cons, and generally appears to be rather fond of them despite their minor schemes. Despite such moments as the gang's incredulity at Eddie's sudden success when he appeared to 'inherit' Mickey's good luck after Mickey fell victim to a 'grifter's curse' in episode 5 of series 6, the feeling seems to be reciprocated; when Eddie was ripped off by someone in series 4 who persuaded him to put his father in a dodgy care home, the gang retaliated on his behalf by pulling a long con on that person (This was the only con where the crew have deliberately chosen to reveal their true nature to the mark after the con has been a roaring success when the con didn't require it), Stacie later showing evident relief when he appeared unharmed after the group had been tricked into thinking that he was being held hostage (Although Eddie, unaware that he had ever been thought to be in danger, assumed it was part of another con). In series 5, Eddie is working in a restaurant after he was forced to close his bar due to the credit crunch. Mickey, however asked Eddie to help with a con which in return he and Ash would provide him with the money to re-open and renovate the bar, so long as they could have a 50% share with Eddie. He agreed and Mickey and Ash invested £30,000 of Emma and Sean's money to re-open the bar.
The main cast of Hustle (series 4)
  • Danny Blue (Played by Marc Warren, series 1–4[64]) – Lacking a particular role within the group, Danny Blue is initially described as a ‘floater’ (a term he abhors). Already a seasoned short-con operator, Danny brashly forces his way into the gang at first, but after proving his loyalty is allowed to stay on and learn from Mickey, who is the “only man in London who can teach him anything”. He challenges Mickey’s authority constantly (as illustrated most explicitly by the ‘Henderson challenge’ episode) and finally gets a chance to lead his own crew when Mickey leaves for Sydney. Cocky and arrogant yet still vulnerable and somehow endearing, Danny is berated by Mickey for his lack of attention to detail when working the con, yet Albert maintains Danny has “...grift sense, and that’s something you can’t teach”. It is this instinct that will pull him through when things go wrong for the group, and Mickey is no longer around to ensure there’s a Plan B. Danny did not appear in series 5 as he left the team after series 4 to stay in America with Stacie in order to pull off some more cons. This resulted in the rest of the team returning to London and going their separate ways.
  • Stacie Monroe (Played by Jaime Murray, series 1–4[64]) – Stacie uses her sex appeal to manipulate potential marks, both while working the long con and in more small-time cons (such as those used to raise funds for the team). She often poses as an employee of an institution (such as a museum) or an expert in a particular field (such as art), and casually mentions potential 'money-making schemes' (which are in reality cons) to provoke the mark's interest in the matter. However, it is worth noting that she is not simply a pretty face. Numerous times she has been praised for her intelligence and grifting ability, most notably in the very first episode when a police officer remarks that she is "maybe even in [Michael] Stone's league". Sequences in the series sometimes imply that Mickey and Stacie were romantically associated in the past. Stacie did not appear in series 5 as she left the team after series 4 to stay in America with Danny Blue in order to pull off some more cons. This resulted in the rest of the team returning to London and going their separate ways.
  • Billy Bond (Played by Ashley Walters, series 4). Billy enters the crew in much the same way that Danny did – as a rookie, with a natural hustling instinct and a master of the short con, but with little knowledge or experience of the long con. Billy appears to be an astute and likeable character despite prior involvements in drug dealing and street gangs, and knows that his inclusion within the crew is his chance to make it big. After series 4, Mickey's crew go their separate ways, with Danny and Stacie remaining on in the States and Ash and Albert returning to London, Billy's whereabouts have yet to be revealed. It is also not revealed as to whether Mickey knows that Danny recruited Billy while he was in Sydney.

Contacts and marks

Episodes

Series 1

  • The Con is On
  • Faking It
  • Picture Perfect
  • Cops and Robbers
  • A Touch of Class
  • The Last Gamble

Series 2

  • Gold Mine
  • Confessions
  • The Lesson
  • Missions
  • Old Acquaintance
  • Eye of the Beholder

Series 3

  • Price for Fame
  • The Henderson Challenge
  • Ties That Bind Us
  • A Bollywood Dream
  • The Hustler's News of Today
  • Law and Corruption

Series 4

  • As One Flew Out, One Flew In
  • Signing Up to Wealth
  • Getting Even
  • A Designer's Paradise
  • Conning the Artists
  • Big Daddy Calling

Series 5

  • Return of the Prodigal
  • New Recruits
  • Lest Ye Be Judged
  • Diamond Seeker
  • Politics
  • The Road Less Travelled

Series 6

  • And This Little Piggy Had Money
  • The Thieving Mistake
  • Tiger Troubles
  • The Father of Jewels
  • Conned Out Of Luck
  • The Hush Heist

Reception

Critical reception

The first series of Hustle, broadcast from 24 February to 30 March 2004, attracted generally favourable reviews and audience figures. The Guardian described it as "defiantly high-concept, tightly plotted, knowing stuff... a laugh; slick, glossy, and smart certainly, but a laugh all the same",[5] and The Times remarked that it had "the snap and style of a series that has been cryogenically frozen in the 1960s and brought back to life, like Austin Powers... The wonderfully absurd result is a drama series that takes itself far less seriously than almost anything since The Persuaders".[68] A later review from the same paper summarised the series as "an engaging, well-acted, snappily directed drama... sleekly edited, flatteringly lit, and stylishly executed... Will you remember a single moment of it five minutes after you’ve watched an episode? Probably not. But who cares?"[69] The first three episodes attracted an average audience of 6.2 million, peaking at over 30% of the total audience.[28]

DVD releases

Several series of the show have been released on 2-disc DVDs in both Europe and North America. The UK, Region 2, release of Series One erroneously contained the US edited versions of the episodes, and not the full uncut episodes as originally seen on BBC One. A revised edition was released some time afterwards. The revised edition has a 15 certificate whereas the cut DVD has a PG certificate. The back of the revised case also contains the words "Each episode approx. 59 mins" under "Run Time" in the information table.

DVD Name Region 2 Release Date Region 1 Release Date Australian Release Date
Hustle Complete Series One 18 April 2005 5 September 2005 11 February 2008
Hustle Complete Series Two 19 September 2005 13 February 2006 2 April 2008
Hustle Complete Series Three 23 April 2007 10 July 2007 11 December 2008
Hustle One to Three Complete 23 April 2007 -
Hustle Complete Series Four 28 April 2008 22 January 2008 2 April 2009
Hustle Complete Series One to Four 28 April 2008 12 August 2008 -
Hustle Complete Series Five 11 January 2010 4 March 2010
Hustle Complete Series Six TBA TBA

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