Hustle 6.06 Series 6 Episode 6 of 6 (2010, Light Crime Adventure) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Adrian Lester: Mickey Stone
Robert Glenister: Ash Morgan
Matt Di Angelo: Sean Kennedy
Kelly Adams: Emma Kennedy
Robert Vaughn: Albert Stroller
Writer: Tony Jordan
Creator: Tony Jordan
Producer: Claire Phillips
Director: Luke Watson
Anna Madeley: Jennifer Hughes
Writer (Original Idea): Bharat Nalluri

Hustle 6.06 Series 6: Episode 6 of 6 (2010)

Bringing a share scam to a conclusion, the team are horrified when their mark turns out to be an undercover policeman. He quickly steps aside, however, as a pair of MI6 operatives come in with the offer of freedom if Mickey steals something for them from the vault of the National Bank of Syria.

7/10

The plotting is obvious but, as the show keeps telling, the mark needs to be greedy in order for a long-game con to work on them. This time the mark is essentially Mickey himself and, as we’ve seen, he and his crew don’t do this for riches. It’s a thin line, but one that allows the show to keep it’s fun / guilt balance firmly on the side of fun. This has been an entertaining series of undesirables getting taken to the cleaners in glossy good-looking colour. While the plotting rarely pulls the wool over audiences eyes (especially not after six seasons), the generous winks to camera make us feel part of the team. As to whether we should be complicit and find criminals conning criminals fun, well, that is an interesting question.

This Hustle episode contains bad language, adult dialogue and violence and sexuality.

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