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I know some people will think it is just a waste of time but I enjoyed the fact that not only did they only single out the rich and the greedy, I now know some things to watch out for so that I don't get conned.
I loved the freeze frames that enabled them to explain what was going on, it meant that you didn't lose the thread by excessive dumbing down but you got the inside facts.
I have recommended this to many people and am looking forward to this years series.
It was until this third season that I started watching the show and what a pleasure each and every installment has been. The cast is flawless: Adrian Lester is authoritative and classy as leader "Mickey"; Marc Warren brings the right persona as "Danny," the "eager beaver" neophyte; Vaughn, of course, is perfect as "Albert," the senior grifter of the group; Jaime Murray holds her own as the sole female member of the quintet, providing the sexual allure but equally adept at the art of con; and Robert Glenister's "Ash" is the group's "jack of all trades," the one that stages and sets up the elaborate situations and locations for the respective "stings".
Major kudos must be given to creator Tony Jordan, as well as Bharat Nalluri for providing the idea.
The story lines are enthralling and the occasional "winks" at and asides to the audience are brilliantly executed, adding to the "tongue in cheek" flair of the show.
The cinematography is such that London has never looked better and hipper. The wardrobe budget must be astronomical because each of the principals gets to "dress to the nines."
It's too bad that because the show is an "import," it's not likely to be eligible for Emmy consideration.
It is truly deserving.
For those of us old enough to remember, there was a short-lived American show in the 60's called "The Rogues," starring the stellar cast of Charles Boyer, David Niven, Gig Young, Robert Coote, Gladys Cooper, and a young Larry Hagman.
Not since that show has "conning" been such fun...until "Hustle"
Season One was awesome and season Two appears set to carry the baton at full throttle. Witty, imaginative, engaging; it puts my faith back in British Television. Not only that but the cinematography is inventive, especially the speed ramping and occasional pauses so that characters may talk to camera, or even each other. The cast are excellent - How about a campaign for Adrian Lester as the next James Bond?
In fact, Hustle is so good, I'm going to teach it for Media Studies next year.!
I saw the first episode of this 6 parter last night and it was brilliant! I'd describe it as a cross between 'Ocean's 11' with the high crime, stylishness of it and 'Spooks' with the high tech look, quirky camera angels and plot twists (There are these weird, but funky moment when the action slows down and the characters talk to the camera! It's very cool!) Definitely will keep watching, and I'd advise you all to do the same! 8/10 but bound to get better!
Great cast, especially Adrian Lester who does an amazing job (and on top of that he is gorgeous!)
Look for the "correspondance" with older sting movies. I really loves the references to "The Sting".
Witty plot, beautiful settings, clever lines and many surprises along the story line all combine to make a great show.
American TV can take a lesson or two by studying this show.
And did I mention Adrian Lester ???
Look for it !!!
A couple of gentlemen thieves fraud rich people who really deserves a lesson and can afford to lose some money :-). Nothing is (or was in the first episode anyway...) as it seems, except for the brilliant acting and cool surroundings. The perfect league of anti-heroes lead by Mickey "Bricks" Stone, a criminal master-mind. The best in what he does. Teamed up by old friends good at different things which complements the group perfectly. I know what I will do the coming Tuesdays!
There's not much of an overall story plot, other than a con per episode and there isn't too much of a background on all of the characters, but you will learn to love them within a nick of time.
The cons are justified although not like freaking Leverage where there is a sappy scene giving the money to the less deserved. No this crew is after the money among other things, and do not make excuses for their own gain. However, they are so charming, smart, and yet humane that you learn to love them and watch them as they take down the greedy. Take note, that they do not go after those who have always wronged others, but just those whose greed leads path for this crew to take their money away.
Hustle is my favorite "fun" TV show by far, because you just learn to love the con as well as the characters. Also the plot per episode is just so smart and outside the commonality of the con plots that it is astounding that this show isn't the number one show of all time.
Also, I love Jaime Murray (who plays Stacy), I think she's puts sexy, smart, and beautiful all into one character and person.
Lastly, they all have British accents. Just the notch that you need to bring you head over heels about this show.
If you are like me and desperately want it on for longer, Jordan claims that he is a Story consultant for Eastenders, writer for Bafta winning drama Spooks, and a writer of Hustle, which means holiday breaks are limited. He just can't find the time. A shame!
Hustle has become one of my most favourite TV dramas of all time. Although the last episode of series 2 seemed to be a slight rip-off of Entrapment, it was probably the best one they ever did! However it does leave the question of how can they top it?
Instead of running a con to bring down a corrupt foreign government or rescue a Cold War spy like Jim, Barney, Rollin, Cinnamon, Willy & Paris, the "Hustle" crew selects a corrupt, evil or just plain nasty wealthy mark and plays a long con to rob them of a piece of their ill gotten fortune. Robin Hood would be proud of this London based crew.
The composition of the crew is similar in both shows; a handsome, charismatic & ultra intelligent leader, a femme fatal, an electronics expert & a man on the street. Quick change artistry abounds!
"Hustle" is a delight, & the occasional break of the 4th wall with a glance or wink to the television viewer lets us know that we are a welcome part of Mickey Stone's crew.
The dynamics of the crew keep the energy flowing. Elder statesman Albert (played so well by Robert Vaughn) has passed the torch to Mickey who has Danny nipping at his heals. Everyone loves Stacie, & Ash keeps the ball rolling with quick location transformations.
"Hustle" is what television used to be when there were quality actors & writers on the small screen. "Hustle" gives one hope for the future of television!
This team of con-artists are all portrayed brilliantly: there is not a weak performance in them. Leader of the gang is Mickey Stone, a clever, experienced man who is nonetheless cautious due to a previous spell in prison. He clashes constantly with Danny Blue, the youngest member of the group who is a headstrong man and has yet to discover the 'art of the con'. Albert is the eldest among them, a smooth-talker who everybody looks to for advice. Stacey is the obligatory sexy woman, but she has a fun side and she always keeps track with the boys. Finally there is Ash (my personal favourite), a middle-aged man who sets up a lot of the cons and provides the function of walking encyclopedia.
The cons are interesting and dynamic to watch(even though they 'rip off' other shows), but even more interesting are the dynamics of the group, especially when their various pasts come into play. These pasts are never fully revealed; hints are dropped here and there, and I for one would like to know more.
Even though the first episode of Series Two was not as sharp as that of Series One, it was a nice taster and left me looking forward eagerly to next week. With a distinct lack of decent British television at the moment, 'Hustle' is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Despite all these changes I continued to watch because it was such a fantastic breath of fresh air with great stories, likable characters, brilliant writers and exceptional acting. The other reason to stay with it was of course the A & R Team of Ash and Albert played by Robert Glenister and Robert Vaughn respectively. Until this show I had always really disliked Vaughn. He was a smarmy git in Man From U.N.C.L.E. and a nasty cowardly git in The Magnificent Seven although he did redeem himself at the (pun intended) death. Who would have thought that he would pop up in Britain's most famous street?
Then there is Ash, my absolute favourite character throughout the series. He was just great to watch all the time and one got a sense that if push came to shove he would be the first to take a bullet for the others. Remember the blow fish scene in Eddie's bar? Also, I am a great lover of actor consistency in shows and the fact that the A & R Team were in the series from day one to day done was a biggie for me.
One has to give a nod to Rob Jarvis who played dear old gullible Eddie. Can't really call him the comic relief because the show was intertwined with humour anyway along with the action, drama, mystery and sometimes great suspense. Eddie was simply the backbone of the gangs social life from the start. He was their one constant, solid safe haven and perfect straight man for the tricks and itsy bitsy teenie weenie playful mini scams they played on him. They all loved him intensely though, which was clearly evident in a very subtle and touching dialogue from Ash in the final episode. If not for Eddie's bar I think they would have split up years ago so can I get a big Amen for Eddie?
A couple of things I did miss were the way all the action would freeze and members of the gang would freely walk around through a motionless scene and talk directly to you and me. Whether to show us something we may have missed, tell us what was going on or just simply for the pure hell of it THAT, was a great part of the show for me. Also the way every now and again one of them would just give a subtle smile and or facial expression directly at the camera when something was afoot so to speak. Oliver Hardy would do that and it made me smile EVERY time. These little directorial gems were halted in the early years of the series although those looks and smiles did thankfully return in the final. I loved that style of direction in "Alfie" (original with MC) and loved it more so in "Shirley Valentine" but not as much as I loved it when Mickey, Danny, Stacie, Albert or especially Ash did it. It felt like this look or smile was just for me and I believe some of the shows charm was lost when that stopped. Ah well, each director to his/her own I guess.
So the Con is Off or the Con is Gone. The great Hustle is done and.........so am I.
This was supposed to be a couple of sentences but as you can see, I got carried away.......or I should be.....carried away that is.
P.S. Great theme tune as well.
Every episode has a well thought out plot, and the con itself can sometimes leave you thinking "How did they do that?", which i always like. You never thought it was fake. As well as all the business end of things in this show, there's always the idea of humour to be added in, and it is applied where possible, and where it is applied it is excellent.
The characters in my eyes couldn't have been cast any better. Robert Vaughn and Robert Glenister were my personal favourites, but full marks to Adrian Lester & others for keeping me entertained over these past few years, Yes, that includes Eddie the barman as well. What i also liked about the characters is that they all got equal parts, which you don't always get in these types of shows where the main characters are in some kind of group or organisation, an example is Primeval, Series 1 & 2, where Stephen hardly ever got any story lines, apart from his affair with estranged Helen Cutter. It's different in Hustle, throughout i think every character got at least one episode that revolved around their life.
Overall Hustle is one of my favourite shows that's been on TV, and i'l sorely miss it. Well Done producers, well done.
The chemistry amongst the cast members is apparent, and seems so natural and unstilted. The players are well drawn out by the writers, giving them depth and personality. The plot lines are excellently written with the solution not becoming apparent to the viewer until the end of the show. The background music is perfect. This show has just the right balance of humor, mystery and intrigue, and yes even humanity. I appreciate too the lack of brute violence that seems all too prevalent in many television shows these days.
I can't wait for AMC to air the next season in the series! I feel like I have a thirst as yet unquenched!!
My favourite character is Mickey Stone played my Adrian Lester. He always seems so calm and collected which is a complete contradiction to Danny Blue, a headstrong young man and prefers the 'short con' whereas Mickey prefers the 'long con'. The other three, Stacey, Ash and Albert, compliment the picture totally. Albert is called upon whenever they need a distinguished, rich-looking gentleman, Stacy is usually as distraction because of her stunning beauty and Ash is just an expert at everything.
I wonder when they will stop tricking the bartender (I can't remember his name).
My favourite episode so far is "The Henderson Challenge". Both Mickey and Danny were tricked (Danny was tricked twice). My favourite con in that episode occurred when Danny stuck a sign on a ATM reading "OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE GIVE ALL DEPOSITS TO THE SECURITY GUARD". He stood next to the ATM in a security guard uniform and eagerly accepted the deposit envelopes. That was hilarious. And also the fact that Mickey won from the quarter that Danny gave to him while showing off.
The show has comedy and drama. In a nutshell.....WATCH IT AND DO NOT MISS AN Episode. I haven't.
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I loved the crown jewels episode where they steal a diamond. Though stealing a diamond is one of the most stereotype heists, but the way they fooled the police was amazing....
The other cool episode was when they pull a long con on this property dealer who tries to run ahead of con men. Well not Mickey and his team. Hats of to Bharat Nalluri for the concept. Now stop reading this and go watch Hustle....
The photography and scripts are of film quality and the great thing with the show, is the scripts, the writers ability to make it unpredictable, trying to guess who is going to do what and how they are going to do it just extends the shows enjoyment value.
When we finally get a black James Bond, Adrian Lester must have great shout, he is cool, smart, yet capable of a complete range of personalities and acting styles.
Skillful comic performances don't come much better on TV than that shown by Marc Warren, a film actor of the future for sure, beauty and superb acting from a female lead done come any better than the wonderful Jaime Murrey, you may not know the name now, but you will, not only is she gorgeous she can really act, with her father also an excellent TV actor I guess it runs in the family.
The cast is rounded out brilliantly by the experienced and ever popular British actor Robert Glenister and the acting legend that is Robert Vaughn, Hustle is genuinely a quality UK show, it's available on DVD so if you have not seen in make sure you do.
This program contains three essential legs that keep it upright. Firstly, the idea. The idea of the show is so brilliant that it feels as if a breath of fresh air hits you in the face every time you watch it. It is produced superbly and the atmosphere of the program is modern, original, smooth and sophisticated.
Secondly, the script. Week in, week out, Hustle delivers something new and exciting. The writing is witty and gives the juxtaposition of characterization freedom to move around, while being tied down by the umbrella that is the genre and idea for the program. The dialogue is also good, by the second series the writers seemed to have let characterization seep over the wall of initial curiosity about the acceptance of the program.
The third point is the acting. Everyone plays their character perfectly, as if they are straight out of a jigsaw puzzle, everyone fits brilliantly. The actors gel well on camera and give a positive atmosphere when all together.
The only real thing i can say negatively about the show is that sometimes you have to take a step back and say, wait a minute, they are stealing. That is the greatest con on the program, they completely cover up the fact their stealing and rename their actions as HUSTLING.
But still, this program uplifts BBC's reputation and actually produces some healthy viewing. 99% of todays television is copied, processed and dragged out to the death, It is junk . Hustle is new, original, fresh, smart, packed with twists, and good entertainment. If reality TV shows are fast food, Hustle is an exotic fruit.
So, when it is good, it is very, very good. And luckily this is most of the time, because this show is fun, and I enjoy enjoying it.
But in the 1980's, the mighty British networks eschewed all this to give us 2 hour long plodding whodunit dramas in small English towns, and depressing "urban" dramas, and dire conspiracy theory dramas, and flouncy costume dramas with ham acting and the evil ones said that soap operas were the highest form of drama and that the future was reality TV where the public and spotty youths with hand held camcorders would be the stars of tomorrow. And the people were not happy.
Fairy tales aside, "Hustle" is something Lew Grade would have presided over, with perhaps Monty Berman on producing duties and Dennis Spooner as script editor and it's what British TV has been crying out for since, oh, maybe the demise of "The Professionals". It's fun, acted with aplomb, witty and uses a lot of wink to the audience trickery that "Moonlighting" was so adept at and if anyone knocks that great show I'm going to have to ask them to step outside. And just to re-enforce the idea that "Hustle" is a return to classic escapist TV entertainment, it's got Robert Vaughn in it! I'd gladly watch this over the overrated "No Angels" and "Shameless".