The BEST Episodes of Hustle

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Network: BBC One

From the makers of Spooks and acclaimed writer Tony Jordan comes a slick and stylish new drama. An action-packed blend of humour and intrigue, following the fortunes of a gang of expert cons on the loose in London. They are specialists in the way of the grifter and all are keen to liberate cash from the amoral and undeserving. From faking film sets and expensive paintings to double-crossing the duplicitous head of a bank's security system... THE CON IS ON.

The Con is Off

#1 - The Con is Off

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 17, 2012

Mickey believes that he has found the ultimate mark in multi-millionaire businessman Madani Wasem. The stakes end up being much higher than usual as Wasem is extremely dangerous and the kind of mark they usually try to avoid dealing with.

star 8.61
543 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Tony Jordan
Eye of the Beholder

#2 - Eye of the Beholder

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 3, 2005

Mickey's got a plan and this one is like no other. They're going to steal the Crown Jewels. Will he be able to get the others to join him on such a dangerous mission?

star 8.61
717 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers: Tony Jordan
Law And Corruption

#3 - Law And Corruption

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 14, 2006

The Hustle crew find themselves under the thumb of DCI York, an unconventional cop set on catching "The Ghost" - the legendary thief Adam Rice. DCI York blackmails the gang into helping him, so they make contact with Rice and talk their way into his latest scam. While stealing from a country-house, they try to arrange for Rice to get caught red-handed. Can the Hustle gang escape this dodgy copper, or will York nick them all?

star 8.59
627 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Lesson

#4 - The Lesson

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 12, 2005

Danny has found a potential new member of the gang, Trevor (played by Lee Ingleby). He's a short con artist, who's very good at what he does, but his marks are not always the greedy; he also targets the elderly and the poor...

star 8.53
642 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Tony Jordan
Price For Fame

#5 - Price For Fame

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 10, 2006

The team plan to con a violent businessman out of a hundred grand by pretending to be music promoters interested in representing his young son.

star 8.40
624 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Henderson Challenge

#6 - The Henderson Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 17, 2006

After two seasons of clashes of methods, Mickey and Danny finally put it all on the line. In a head-to-head competition, the two men are dropped naked in the middle of London and must use all of their skills as con men to make it through the day - whomever has acquired the highest monetary value of goods wins. The rub is that if Mickey loses, he declares that he'll hand over the role of leader to Danny. Are big changes a foot? Will Danny's moxie ultimately win him control of the crew?

star 8.40
705 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Last Gamble

#7 - The Last Gamble

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 30, 2004

The crew picks a greedy fat-cat as their mark for a con using his two secret weaknesses- gambling and prostitutes- but the situation is complicated by a previous mark who seeks payback for them claiming to sell him the London Eye.

star 8.29
685 votes
Directors: Robert Bailey
Writers: Tony Jordan
Missions

#8 - Missions

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 19, 2005

The team's plan to con an auction house with a comic book forgery goes awry when corrupt copper, Sam Phillips (played by Fay Ripley), decides she wants in on the play.

star 8.29
715 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Howard Overman
Clearance from a Deal

#9 - Clearance from a Deal

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2011

Mickey and Albert visit the first Wendell Casino to open in the country. The Wendell family are well known for their strict policy on cheaters, and have a rogues' gallery on show of anyone who has ever been caught. Albert isn't happy when he sees a picture of his grandfather Charlie Stroller up on the wall. Albert is determined to do whatever it takes to clear Charlie's name, even if it means that the whole team's pictures end up hanging on the wall.

star 8.28
511 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Writers: James Payne
Old Acquaintance

#10 - Old Acquaintance

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 26, 2005

When Stacie claps eyes on her estranged husband Jake who left her five years ago taking everything she owned with him, she's certain he is to be the gang's next mark. Having graduated from the short con world to the professional poker circuit, he's good and he won't be an easy target. But the team swears to exact revenge on him for Stacie. Is Stacie really prepared to leave her friends for love? Or has she really got another card up her sleeve....?

star 8.28
799 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers: Julie Rutterford
Big Daddy Calling

#11 - Big Daddy Calling

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 23, 2007

It's back to the US for the crew as they seek some revenge of their own. Mafia boss Johnny Maranzano has beaten up Albert and to settle things the gang decides to pick the apple of Johnny's eye - the Big Daddy fruit machine and its $5 Million dollar jackpot. Las Vegas may be grifter heaven, but it's going to take a miracle to devise a con to steal from a casino that never closes and is under 24/7 security. The stakes are high, because it's not about not getting caught, it's about not getting killed.

star 8.19
517 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Hush Heist

#12 - The Hush Heist

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 8, 2010

Just as the gang are about to close another successful deal, a cruel twist of fate reveals one of the marks to be an undercover police officer. It seems the team might be in a spot of bother. Mickey and the team are arrested and unceremoniously thrown in the slammer. Things look like they have gone from bad to worse when Nigel Chambers and the beautiful Jennifer Hughes from MI6 arrive to question Mickey. The pair has a proposition for him and, unfortunately for Mickey, these two don't play by the book.

star 8.18
408 votes
Cops and Robbers

#13 - Cops and Robbers

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 16, 2004

Mickey crosses paths with Victor Maher, ex-fraud squad officer, now head of security at a bank. Victor blackmails Mickey into doing something he normally wouldn't do.

star 8.16
716 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Tony Jordan
And This Little Piggy Had Money

#14 - And This Little Piggy Had Money

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 2010

Just as the team are finishing with one genius con where Emma is posing as pop princess Kylie, Albert is out finding and priming the next unsuspecting mark - ex-banker Piggy Richardson who has been hounded by the press after a very public pension scandal. However, just as the plan starts to fall into place, a mysterious woman enquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws their plan into disarray. Mickey hasn't got a clue who she is or what she wants but when she invites him out for dinner, he's intrigued. That is until the mystery lady turns out to be the beautiful, DCI Lucy Britford. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Mickey is certain that he can outsmart Britford, after all, no one's managed to catch him yet!

star 8.15
534 votes
A Touch of Class

#15 - A Touch of Class

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 23, 2004

Desperate for a lucrative con, the team decides to fleece a bitter, rich divorcee but Mickey's feelings for her begin to cloud the issue.

star 8.12
627 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Ashley Pharoah
The Delivery

#16 - The Delivery

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 18, 2011

Mickey and the team find themselves thrust into a daring, daylight heist to retrieve some stolen diamonds, which are buried beneath a busy police station.,Things look stacked against them when it turns out the jewels belong to a mafia boss who wants them back. Meanwhile, Albert is visited by a figure from his past who brings a shocking revelation.

star 8.10
479 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Tony Jordan
Gold Mine

#17 - Gold Mine

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 29, 2005

The gang are back and despite his better judgement, Mickey gives Danny a chance to run his own scam. However, the object of the scam has a habit of sending con men to jail so the risks for the gang are high. And it doesn't make them feel any better to discover that Danny plans to convince the man, a savvy property developer, that there's a goldmine in the heart of London.

star 8.08
667 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Hustlers News of the Day

#18 - The Hustlers News of the Day

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 7, 2006

After a completely false exposé in a newspaper, one of Stacie's friends attempts suicide out of shame the article caused. To help right this wrong, the Hustle crew decide to take down the men responsible - the editor Frances Owen and reporter Tim Millen. The con? To convince these two muck-rakers that they have the biggest Royal scoop ever and that they'll be making headlines. Of course if Mickey and the gang have their way, their headlines will be a little different than the way they intended.

star 8.06
685 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: David Cummings
A Designer's Paradise

#19 - A Designer's Paradise

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 9, 2007

Billy finally gets his shot to play the inside man with Danny. Using the "Emperor's New Clothes" as inspiration, the crew are looking to con Clarissa Bartwell, an immoral "fashionista." While exploiting Clarissa's passion for fashion, Billy runs into trouble with someone from his past. Unless Billy can hand over 20,000 pounds, this certain someone threatens to blow their cover. Can Billy keep this threat away long enough to complete the con, or is his first long con going to be his last?

star 8.06
483 votes
Directors: Stefan Schwartz
Writers: Colin Blytheway
As Good As It Gets

#20 - As Good As It Gets

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2011

Mickey and his team have a wealth of potential marks lined up, but when Eddie's niece gets scammed by ruthless modelling agent Wendy Stanton, they put all that on hold to come to the rescue. Wendy is the ultimate ice-queen, and the team will need an ambitious plan to get her to pay out. With modelling shoots, lifestyle coaches and even a meeting at the Diplomatic Office of America, could this be the gang's toughest con yet?

star 8.03
604 votes
Directors: John McKay
Writers: Tony Jordan
Confessions

#21 - Confessions

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 5, 2005

The gang are on the verge of completing a job but Albert's gone AWOL. When he finally appears it's all too late because 'the mark' has pulled out - but Albert has a new plan.

star 8.03
669 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Matthew Graham
Benny's Funeral

#22 - Benny's Funeral

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2011

Albert, Mickey, Ash, Sean and Emma attend the funeral of a fellow grifter called Benny. Benny had a history with the team, having helped Mickey out of a difficult situation years ago, and nearly taking Ash's place in the group. Ash bumps into a panicked man that looks like Benny after the funeral. Ash chases after him and learns that Benny is still alive. Benny explains to Ash why he had to fake his own death, and the team decide to help him.

star 8.02
584 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Writers: Chris Bucknall
Whittaker Our Way Out

#23 - Whittaker Our Way Out

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 24, 2006

Fellow con-man James Whittaker Wright III enlists the help of the Hustle crew to avenge his legendary grifter grandfather's treatment by Cornfoots Merchant Bank. Posing as enterpreneurs and investors they try to get back at the bank by a massive con. But have the Hustle crew forgotten just how devious James Whittaker Wright III can be?

star 7.99
660 votes
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Writers: Steve Coombes
The Con Is On

#24 - The Con Is On

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 24, 2004

Long con expert Mickey reunites his old team with the promise of one last score. The target is a greedy businessman tempted by the chance to make a fast buck on the stock market. The operation goes like clockwork, but is there one thing Mickey's missed?

star 7.98
1,047 votes
Directors: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Tony Jordan
Faking It

#25 - Faking It

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 2, 2004

Danny makes a big mistake and blows a con, which makes Mickey question if Danny is right for his crew. Albert is viciously beaten after cheating in a card game and the team decide to wreak revenge the only way that they know how - by playing the long con. The stakes are higher than normal with Albert out of the picture. Can they pull off the con, or will the Mark, a ruthless and violent person, cause even more harm?

star 7.97
839 votes
Directors: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Tony Jordan