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.
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 🙂