Hustle is a British comedy-drama television series created by Tony Jordan which follows the exploits of a group of British con-artists who specialise in pulling off elaborate operations to dupe their victims.
The series aired in the UK on BBC One from 24 February, 2004 to 17 February, 2012. There are 48 hour-long episodes in eight seasons.
Hustle premiered in South Africa on SABC3 on 13 March 2006, at 21h00. The first three seasons aired on the channel before it lost the rights to the series. The series later aired on DStv's BBC Entertainment (formerly BBC Prime) channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times by channel.
Season 5 premiered on BBC Entertainment on Monday 8 March 2010, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are six episodes in the fifth season.
Adrian Lester returns for the fifth series of Hustle, aided by a new crew, to pull off the most audacious and sophisticated cons so far...
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 people are tightening their belts, there are still a scurrilous and greedy few who are getting ever richer from others' losses – Mickey is keen to put new plans into action to extract their cash.
From priceless paintings to prized necklaces and inadvertently saving community centres – if there is anopportunity to be found and money to be made, then you can be sure that Mickey and the team will be there, ready to teach the immoral and materialistic members of society a valuable lesson.
In the Season 5 premiere:
With a new crew in place, Mickey decides to con intellectual property experts Carlton and Harry, whose ruthless business practices have led to a suicide.
Posing as a hot new PR company, Mickey and Emma sell the pair a gimmick to promote the "Spider's Web", a security device for precious works of art.
Naturally the con artists have a hidden agenda, but when rookie grifter Sean messes up a simple task, will Mickey regret taking on someone so green to play the long cons?
Note: BBC Prime became BBC Entertainment in 2008
Season 1 (6 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 13 Mar 2006 | Finale: 17 Apr 2006 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: BBC Prime | Premiere: 5 Mar 2007 | Finale: 9 Apr 2007 | Mondays, 21h00
Season 2 (6 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 24 Apr 2006 | Finale: 29 May 2006 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: BBC Prime | Premiere: 16 Apr 2007 | Finale: 21 May 2007 | Mondays, 21h00
Season 3 (6 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 23 Apr 2008 | Finale: 28 May 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h31
Channel: BBC Entertainment | Premiere: 10 Mar 2009 | Finale: 14 Apr 2009 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Season 4 (6 episodes)
Channel: BBC Entertainment | Premiere: 2 Nov 2009 | Finale: 7 Dec 2009 | Mondays, 21h30
Season 5 (6 episodes)
Channel: BBC Entertainment | Premiere: 8 Mar 2010 | Finale: 12 Apr 2010 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 6 (6 episodes)
Channel: BBC Entertainment | Premiere: 12 Jun 2011 | Finale: 17 Jul 2011 | Sundays, 20h00
Season 7 (6 episodes)
Channel: BBC Entertainment | Premiere: 16 Nov 2012 | Finale: 21 Dec 2012 | Fridays, 21h00