Hustle: The Con Is On (ABC and BBC TV)

From the makers of Spooks, the BBC’s stylish drama series Hustle has a great cast: (Adrian Lester as Mickey Stone, Marc Warren as Danny Blue, Robert Vaughn as Albert Stroller, Jaime Murray as Stacie Monroe and Robert Glenister as Ash Morgan) and they’re back to their old tricks, scamming their way around London.

Watch the video clip at right and see how Danny (Marc Warren) bluffed his way into the Hustle team.

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Fans can buy a copy of Hustle Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 on DVD from Amazon UK

Do you know what ‘a mark’ is? What would you do with a ‘cackle-bladder’? Get the low-down on the world of the con and the jargon used in Hustle.

‘The mark’ is the intended victim of the planned con.

A ‘short con’ refers to taking ‘the mark’ for all the money he has on his person. It’s an opportunist scam that isn’t pre-planned to any great deal.

A ‘long con’ or ‘big con’ refers to a more complex, planned con, whereby ‘the mark’ is sent to get more money or used to get more money than is just on his person.

‘Putting him on the send’ is another term for a ‘long con’ or ‘big con’.

The ‘big con’ is a form of theatre – “staged with minute naturalistic illusionism for an audience of one who is enlisted as part of the cast”.

‘A mark’ is lured in by the conman by, in the first instance, by making money himself on one of their scams. Having gained ‘the mark’s’ trust, the conmen ‘sting’ him for a load of money

The list of con lingo is continued at the BBC’s Hustle website

Series one and two were great, and now the 6 episodes in series three of Hustle have been purchased by ABC TV in Australia they will be broadcast sometime in 2007.

Unusually this will be quite a while after the series was broadcast by the BBC and possibly will be after it has already been released on DVD (March 2007).

Season 3 will be broadcast in Australia on ABC TV in 2007 and sees the gang impersonate record industry heavyweights and Bollywood movie makers, Danny challenges Mickey for leadership of the crew and a guest appearance by famous Australian actor Richard Chamberlain .. the con is on ๐Ÿ™‚

15 Replies to “Hustle: The Con Is On (ABC and BBC TV)”

  1. great show loved it when is series 3 going to come out exactly in the uk?

    EDITOR: Hustle returns to the BBC for a third series in 2006

  2. HUSTLE, IN THE UK 9:00PM 6TH MARCH BBC1 ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ SO HAPPI!!!!!!

  3. the best program on ABC TV.
    I have just watched season 3 great
    did you know 20th century fox is thinking of turning Hustle in to a film?

  4. Hey, um i was wondering if you knew if ‘Hustle’was coming back on this year in Australia. Last year (2005) it was only on for a short time and i just wanted to know if it would be back. Thanks

    EDITOR: ABC TV has the Australian TV rights for Hustle and has previously broadcast it during August/September in 2004 and 2005. Therefore I would expect the next series to be broadcast during August/September 2006

  5. to who it may concerned im a SOUTH african,we love Adrien LESTER please we as south AFRICANS URGE TO SEE HIM MORE THANK YOU FOR A NICE HUSTLE SHOW.

  6. it is now august in australia, have i missed it?

    EDITOR: I have not seen any promos on ABC about Hustle yet, as soon as I find out i’ll note it here.

    PS According to Wikipedia After the finale of series 3 the BBC announcer at the time confirmed that Hustle would return for a fourth series “next year” (2007)

  7. i’ve watched the 3rd episode last damn good..cant hardly wait for the 4th season ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hey,

    Is hustle going to be shown this year at all? It is now the tail end of October and i want to see series 3!!! Have i missed it? i Would have thought i would have seen the promos for it. Any dates set? I looked all over the ABC website and couldnt find anything!

    thanks for your help,


    EDITOR: I’ve been waiting for it as well and you’re right it’s getting close to summer non-ratings season so I hope they don’t delay it until next year.

    I will try and find out and report back here.

  9. Dear Neerav

    Thank you for your email.

    I am pleased to advise the ABC has acquired Series 3 [of Hustle], however, it is yet to be scheduled. I suggest you check your local TV Guide or visit the ABC Online TV Guide for the broadcast details. I am sorry I cannot be more specific at this time. I have noted your comments and forwarded them on to our Television Programming Department for their information.

    I appreciate you taking the time to contact us and for your interest in the ABC.

    Best regards
    ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs

  10. Could you tell me when series 3 will be out on DVD? thanks:)

    EDITOR: according to Amazon UK Hustle Series 3 will be released on March 5, 2007.

  11. Does anyone know where to buy the DVD’s for all Hustle seasons in Australia?

    EDITOR: please refer to comment 7. where I’ve listed the easiest place to buy Hustle DVD’s from Australia. I still can’t find any local stores selling the DVD’s online ๐Ÿ™

    Also in sad news ๐Ÿ™ :

    The BBC have announced that Adrian Lester will not be reprising his role of team leader, Mickey “Bricks” Stone, for the fourth series of Hustle.

    According to a BBC statement his non-involvement is โ€œdue to a clash of filming datesโ€ following โ€œseveral offers for parts in US pilotsโ€

    โ€œIt is a shame that, due to his current filming commitments, Adrian cannot join us this time round but his new projects are a great testament to his talent and the success of Hustle in the US.โ€

    Joining the cast for series four is Ashley Walters, star of critically-acclaimed film Bullet Boy and a former member of So Solid Crew.

    Walters plays โ€œBilly Bond, a street kid who has spent most of his formative years in and out of care homesโ€ who is described as โ€œa big fan of the infamous Danny Blue and is keen to join the crew in a bid to get off the streetsโ€.

    The new series, which has just started filming in and around London, will see the cons travel to Las Vegas.

    Fans of Adrian will be able to see him soon in Spider-Man 3 playing a Research Scientist.

  12. If you enjoy Hustle, you will probabbly enjoy ‘The Real Hustle’. The Real Hustle is a show which shows how common cons are done, before proving they work on the unsuspecting public. By educating viewers they hope to prevent scams from occuring in real life.

    Anyway, it’s a great show and you can find a few episodes on youtube to check it out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. HI There

    I love Hustle, im English and i watched it in the UK and again in OZ.
    I actually saw series 1 and 2 for sale in Sanity at centerpoint (SYD) for anyone whos looking.
    I presume all sanity’s should stock them

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