Do the Hustle!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 by

The next series of Hustle is now filming. And cast confirmed?

Well, here’s the press release.

Adrian Lester returns to the role of Mickey ‘Bricks’ Stone for the fifth series of the hit con drama, Hustle, from Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures for transmission on BBC One next year. Robert Glenister and Robert Vaughn also return as Mickey’s fellow con artists, Ash ‘Three Socks’ Morgan and Albert Stroller.

Following his stint in Australia selling the Sydney Opera House to an unsuspecting punter, Mickey has returned to a new London. The credit crunch has hit Britain and while the majority of the nation are tightening their belts, there are still a scurrilous and greedy few who are getting ever richer from others losses – the perfect marks for the best grifter in the business – and Mickey is keen to put new and inventive plans into action to extract their cash!

However, it’s not just the financial state of the nation that has seen a change; Mickey’s crew is looking somewhat depleted too. Ash is back to short cons whilst Danny and Stacey are grifting their way across America. Even Mickey’s old friend and mentor, Albert, seems to have disappeared but Mickey soon finds that he has finally been busted and is currently detained at her majesty’s pleasure.

However, far from desperate to get out of prison, Albert is living the life of Riley; catching up on his reading, playing cards with the guards and watching his favourite TV shows! But the art of the long con is in his blood and naturally has a few marks up his sleeve, ready and waiting to be relieved of their cash.

Mickey is determined that he and Ash get a new crew together but with Albert’s tip off for a potential mark ready for the taking they have more pressing matters at hand, starting with an obnoxious young woman who’s made a killing in dubious property developments…

Adrian Lester says: “It’s great to finally get back into Mickey’s shoes after a very busy couple of years both here and in the US. Tony [Jordan] and I have been discussing all sorts of stories and ideas for the next series and he has written some brilliant scripts with some classic twists – I’m already practicing my pick pocketing!”

Hustle creator, writer and, for this new series, executive producer, Tony Jordan says: “After a year’s break it’s so exciting to come up with new cons for Mickey and the gang to pull on a myriad of greedy scumbags.

“Whilst Mickey has been away working the ultimate long con in Oz, his crew have all gone their separate ways. So, now he’s back in blighty, Mickey’s intent on getting back to business because as long as there is someone who wants something for nothing, Mickey will be there, happy to take a great deal of money off their hands for nothing in return.”

Karen Wilson, executive producer for Kudos says: “It’s a great privilege to have Adrian back in the Hustle fold alongside audience favourites Robert Glenister and Robert Vaughn. Mickey and Ash have their work cut out conning a new set of ‘victims’ when their legendary roper is in the clink but if anyone can do it Mickey Bricks can! ”
Polly Hill, Commissioning Editor of Independent Drama, say: “We are delighted that Adrian Lester returns to Hustle as Mickey Bricks.

“Tony Jordan’s wonderful scripts see him return to a different London but using the same delicious scams. This series promises to offer everything that we love about Hustle but with an exciting new twist.”

The new series of Hustle will start filming in and around London this summer for transmission on BBC One in 2009.

Wot, no mention of Ashley Walters?


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