Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In the tradition of the classic movie The Sting and the '60s television show The Rogues, the lighthearted British adventure series Hustle was about a gang of London con artists who only ripped off the rich, the nasty, and the greedy -- in other words, people who deserved being conned, and who could afford to lose the cash. Masterminding the gang was "Mickey Bricks" Stone (Adrian Lester), a veteran of 49 successful scams who had ironically done jail time on unrelated charges. The father-figure of the bunch was Alfred Stroller (Robert Vaughn), a slick and stylish "roper" who located likely suckers. Ash Morgan (Robert Glenister) was the "detail man" of the outfit, a positive wizard with technical devices and indispensable in meticulously researching each assignment; hot-headed young amateur Danny Blue (Marc Warren) was Mickey's protégé and verbal sparring partner; and Stacie Monroe (Jaime Murray) provided the feminine interest. Created by Tony Jordan, the series was distinguished by two trademarks -- the constant breaking down of the "fourth wall" as the characters directly addressed the camera to explain potentially confusing plot points; and the inevitable third-act twist, in which the con job at hand was imperiled by unforeseen circumstances. First telecast by the BBC on February 24, 2004, Hustle made its American bow on January 14, 2006, by way of cable's American Movie Classics, which partially bankrolled the series' third season.