The premise of the show of a bunch of con artists hustling for a living especially from a mark who well deserves to be conned reminded me of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’. Set aside the lack of OE’s groovy leads, jazzy plots, and interesting camaraderie between the crew, this show did have its moments and I found myself watching the entire episode. Did I find it interesting enough to want to watch the next episode tomorrow? Most definitely yes!
‘Hustle’ is British drama series that started in 2004 as an offshoot of ‘Spooks’. The series popularity ensured its continuous run till it wrapped up this February. Spanning 8 years with 8 seasons of 48 episodes in total, ‘Hustle’ centered on a group of con artists who specialized in running “long cons” that guaranteed higher returns.
BBC is currently telecasting the seventh series, which also happens to be the most watched series, where the gang follows a crooked woman’s (mark) ruthless money making schemes, to the city of Birmingham. The loan shark business woman, Georgina Althorp, brilliantly pantomimed by Angela Griffin, thirsting for a title and a Castle falls in a trap intelligently orchestrated by the gang while the only female member of the gang, Emma (Kelly Adams) returns to her old flame and finds herself in a quandary about the rights and wrongs of what she does for a living. The underlying subplot to the entire proceedings in the second episode of the seventh series, ‘Old sparks come new’ was about the moral code people follow that is no different on many levels from what the hustlers practice, which convinces Emma to finally believe in what she does.
The gang of five led by an intelligent conman Mickey (Adrian Lester) and guided by Albert (Robert Vaughn) take on the Casino in tomorrow’s episode @ 8 pm only on BBC Entertainment India.