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Series 8 - Episode 1
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Each year, as we're slumped in a despondent post-Christmas heap,
arrives to lift the January blues. It’s the TV equivalent of those pick-me-ups Jeeves used to give Bertie Wooster to dispel hangovers, except that in Hustle's case the pick-me-up has the depth and subtlety of a saucer of Babycham.
Still, bubbly, insubstantial fare is what's called for right now and the beauty of Hustle is that it never pretends to be what it isn't. The slick visuals, the featherweight plots, the cocktail music bubbling behind every scene, the winks at the camera - it's all a bit of a lark, but a bit of a lark that six million of us watch, enjoy and can then instantly forget.
We must enjoy it while it lasts: this eighth series is set to be Hustle's swansong. It opens with our gang fleecing a spoilt rich kid using an Olympics-related scam, then moves on to a long-con on a dodgy cash-for-gold merchant, played with relish by Paterson Joseph. Plus, surreally, there's a cameo from former Liverpool striker Ian Rush.
Note: this programme was originally due to air on Friday 6 January.
The grifters return for one last round of cons, targeting the greedy and corrupt with intricate scams to exact revenge for their victims - and making a bit of cash for themselves in the process. They begin by taking on a dealer who is famous for parting the elderly from their possessions for a pittance and trading stolen gold for a huge profit. Keen to give him a taste of his own medicine, the con artists pose as a renegade army unit, and soon have the crook champing at the bit with the promise of a consignment of looted Libyan treasure. Adrian Lester, Robert Vaughn and Robert Glenister star.
Cast & Crew
Matt Di Angelo
Full Episode Guide
Friends and colleagues pay tribute to Robert Vaughn who has died aged 83
Adrian Lester, Stephen Fry and Edgar Wright offer their respects to the star
Robert Vaughn, star of Hustle and the Man from U.N.C.L.E, has died
The Ark: Writer Tony Jordan on his biblical drama and putting religion on primetime
The Musketeers' Marc Warren on playing the villain – and being hated on The Good Wife
Call the Midwife’s Bryony Hannah to deliver Hamlet for Alan Bennett in new Radio 4 play
Robert Glenister: Doctor Who performance still haunts me
Fan's map pins down Hustle's last steps
Hustle, I'll miss you
Photo gallery: Hustle - the con is off...
Mad Dogs - old tricks
Adrian Lester on hustling to make it big in Hollywood
Hustle: a grifter's glossary