After his stint in Australia selling the Sydney Opera House to an unsuspecting punter, Mickey Bricks (Adrian Lester) is back in London for a new series of Hustle. Despite the credit crunch, there’s a still a scurrilous and greedy few who are getting ever richer and Mickey is as keen as ever to part them from their cash.
However, it’s not just the financial state of the nation that has changed; Mickey’s crew is looking pretty threadbare. Danny and Stacey are “grifting” their way across America while Ash (Robert Glenister) is back to short cons and the law has finally caught up with Mickey’s old friend and mentor, Albert (Robert Vaughn), who is currently detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure.
But Albert’s far from desperate to get out of prison, he’s living the high life and, with the long con in his blood, he already has a “mark” lined up for Mickey.
Albert’s tip off involves an obnoxious pair of developers, Sara Naismith and her assistant, Aaron, who have made a killing in dubious property deals and are benefitting from recession and repossessions. They bribe, batter and bully to ensure they get their own way. Keen to make a quick buck on the Stock Exchange, Sara and Aaron have no qualms about investing their million-pound fortune.
Enter Mickey, posing as a ruthless stockbroker who uses his insider trading to make a killing on the money markets. Keen to take advantage of Mickey’s knowledge, Sara and Aaron are quick to latch on to the almost “risk-free” investment he offers. They seem ready and primed to fall into his trap. Surely it’s a done deal?
BBC One, Monday 5 January 9.00-10.00pm