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Cast and Crew
Creator: Tony Jordan
Leading Role: Adrian Lester, Marc Warren, Robert Glenister, Jaime Murray, Robert Vaughn
Summary of Hustle Season 1-8 DVD Boxset
Hustle is a British television drama series made by Kudos Film and 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 BBC announced that the eighth series, which was first aired in January 2012, would be the last. The final series ended on 17 February 2012.
Filming for the second Hustle series took place in mid-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..." 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.
The programme retained all of the lead actors from the first series; guest actors appearing the second run included Lee Ingleby, Fay Ripley,] and Robert Llewellyn. The second series was broadcast on BBC One from 29 March 2005, to a first-night audience of 6.7 million.
In the wake of the equally-successful second series, the BBC took Hustle to the American market, securing a licensing deal with AMC. In addition to exclusive broadcast rights to the first and second series in the United States, AMC also took the position of co-production partner on the third series, already in pre-production, with the option to take the same position on a fourth series. The BBC described the move as "Securing the right platform... essential for a series to succeed in the competitive US market...". The first two series premiered in the US in January 2006, erroneously billed as an "AMC original series" The BBC also secured new licensing deals with broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand.
Capitalising on Hustle's international success, the BBC created a spinoff series, The Real Hustle, which premiered on 10 February 2006. The documentary follows three genuine hustlers – a magician and professional gambler, a glamorous actress, and a professional sleight-of-hand artist and crooked gambling consultant – 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".
All five of the lead actors again reprised their roles in the third series, which featured guest stars including Richard Chamberlain, Linford Christie, Sara Cox and Paul Nicholls. The series premiered on 10 March 2006, running until 14 April. The second episode, featuring Danny and Mickey running naked through Trafalgar Square, attracted a viewing audience of 6 million.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
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. Despite the increased funding AMC provided, which allowed the writers to set episodes in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, 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; the BBC confirmed his departure in September that year, elevating Marc Warren's character to the lead role and casting Ashley Walters as a new member of the group. 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...", while Lester explained his action as "need[ing] to do something else, be associated with something else". However, Lester also admitted that he felt that the series "just got a little bit too 'light'".
Series Five debuted on 8 January 2009 with the return of Adrian Lester and the departure of cast members Marc Warren and Jaime Murray, and the arrival of Matt Di Angelo and Kelly Adams as their replacements. 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 series of Hustle.
Series Six started 4 January 2010. All of the fifth series cast returned with production that moved to Birmingham, despite the show retaining its London setting. The series once again consists of 6 episodes. Lolita Chakrabarti (Lester's real-life wife) made a guest star appearance as Museum Curator Nishika Baboor in this series' third episode, "Tiger Troubles". Other guest stars in this series included Mark Benton, Simon Day and Danny Webb.
The seventh series of Hustle began airing on 7 January 2011. All main cast members from series 6 have reprised their roles. This was the second series to be filmed in Birmingham, the fourth in HD and the third series featuring all of the current cast. Episode 2 was partially set in Birmingham when the gang follow a crooked women's trick to the city. Guest stars in this series included Anna Chancellor, Angela Griffin, Clive Swift, Hannah Gordon, Claire Goose, Denis Lawson and Roger Lloyd Pack. Series 7 is the most watched series yet, with viewing figures reaching 7.2 million.
The eighth series started airing on 13 January 2012 on BBC1 at 9pm. It was originally scheduled for 6 January 2012, however due to the showing of a special edition of Panorama on 3 January, the three part drama Public Enemies, which was due to run on three consecutive nights starting on Tuesday 3 January, was pushed back a day to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hustle was therefore moved to the following week. Creator Tony Jordan has said that this will be the last for at least a while and the last with the current cast. Guest stars featuring this series include Sheila Hancock, Martin Kemp and Paterson Joseph and former Liverpool footballer, Ian Rush. Peter Polycarpou and John Barrowman have also revealed on Twitter that they will have guest roles in series eight. This was the third series to be filmed in Birmingham, the fifth in HD and the fourth series featuring all of the current cast. Adrian Lester is also set to direct an episode, in which Mickey is kidnapped. Other cons see the team take on the world of slimming pills and pull off a gold heist. Jaime Murray and Marc Warren reprised their roles as Stacie Monroe and Danny Blue respectively for the final episode.