The BEST Episodes of Hustle

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2019

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

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 8.64
100 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Henderson Challenge

#2 - The Henderson Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 8.32
126 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Last Gamble

#3 - The Last Gamble

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 8.22
134 votes
Directors: Robert Bailey
Writers: Tony Jordan
Clearance from a Deal

#4 - Clearance from a Deal

Season 7 - Episode 3

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 8.20
93 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Writers: James Payne
As Good As It Gets

#5 - As Good As It Gets

Season 7 - Episode 1

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 8.20
107 votes
Directors: John McKay
Writers: Tony Jordan

#6 - Missions

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.20
112 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Howard Overman
Eat Yourself Slender

#7 - Eat Yourself Slender

Season 8 - Episode 4

After one of the teams friends called Carol suffers a heart attack, the gang find out that she's been the victim of a sham diet plan run by American Dr Dean Deville and his wife, Dana. Mickey comes up with a weight-loss scam to sell them a a new miraculous diet pill, but knows they'll first need to gain their trust.

star 8.19
89 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Writers: Chris Lang
The Lesson

#8 - The Lesson

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 8.19
115 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Tony Jordan
Gold Finger

#9 - Gold Finger

Season 8 - Episode 1

The first episode sees the grifters take on gold dealer Dexter Gold. Famous for parting the elderly from their precious treasures in return for a pittance and trading stolen gold at profitable prices, the gang is eager to give this fraudster a taste of his own medicine. Meanwhile, Eddie finally has enough of the gang's childish behaviour when he finds that someone has defaced his precious photo of Liverpool legend Ian Rush. Failing to see the funny side, and certain that the culprit is West Ham supporter Ash, Eddie bans the team from the bar until he owns up.

star 8.15
109 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Delivery

#10 - The Delivery

Season 7 - Episode 6

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 8.15
85 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Tony Jordan
Ding Dong That's My Song

#11 - Ding Dong That's My Song

Season 8 - Episode 5

Albert decides to return to an old haunt and soon discovers that it's been pulled down by ruthless property tycoon, Dale Ridley. He ends up recruiting the rest of the team to deliver a special form of retribution.

star 8.15
95 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Chris Bucknall
Benny's Funeral

#12 - Benny's Funeral

Season 7 - Episode 4

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 8.12
88 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Writers: Chris Bucknall
Eye of the Beholder

#13 - Eye of the Beholder

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 8.12
115 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers: Tony Jordan

#14 - Confessions

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 8.12
118 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Matthew Graham
The Hush Heist

#15 - The Hush Heist

Season 6 - Episode 6

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 8.12
90 votes
Old Acquaintance

#16 - Old Acquaintance

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.10
117 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers: Julie Rutterford
Curiosity Killed the Kat

#17 - Curiosity Killed the Kat

Season 8 - Episode 3

The law catches up with the crafty Hustle conmen when corrupt police officer DI Fisk is bribed into bringing them down. Unaware of Fisk’s watchful eye, the gang moves in on their latest mark, Linda Runcorn, the crooked CEO of an online hotel and restaurant guide. Meanwhile, Fisk arrests Sean’s ex-girlfriend, pickpocket Kat, on false charges, blackmailing her to spy on the team so he can catch them. Left with no choice, Kat persuades Sean to let her join the con. Things get heavier when Fisk demands that Kat plant cocaine in Emma’s bag, resulting in Emma’s arrest. With Emma in prison and the grifters under surveillance, there seems little way the Hustle gang can escape unscathed...

star 8.09
90 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Writers: Ryan Craig
Law And Corruption

#18 - Law And Corruption

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 8.01
100 votes
Directors: S. J. Clarkson
Writers: Tony Jordan
Picasso Finger Painting

#19 - Picasso Finger Painting

Season 8 - Episode 2

Mickey has been taken prisoner by notorious gangster and international art collector Petre Sava, who wrongly believes the gang were behind the theft of his stolen Picasso. Now Ash and the others face a race against time to locate the missing painting and return it before Mickey becomes Sava's next victim.

star 7.99
86 votes
Directors: Adrian Lester
Writers: Tony Jordan
Cops and Robbers

#20 - Cops and Robbers

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.98
137 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Tony Jordan
And This Little Piggy Had Money

#21 - And This Little Piggy Had Money

Season 6 - Episode 1

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 7.97
113 votes
Gold Mine

#22 - Gold Mine

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.94
114 votes
Directors: Otto Bathurst
Writers: Tony Jordan
The Con Is On

#23 - The Con Is On

Season 1 - Episode 1

Mickey "Bricks" Stone has just been released from prison, having served a sentence for attacking his wife's boyfriend. An expert at the "long con," he assembles his old team of fellow hustlers to pull off one last con before he retires for good. His team is diverse, ranging from old hand Albert Stroller, to the alluring Stacie Monroe, and the jack-of-all-trades Ashley "3 Socks" Morgan. Their "mark" is a greedy business man and with the con all going to plan, short con player Danny Blue enters the picture to try and join the team and could jeopardize the score. With the police hot on their trail, will Mickey and his crew be able to pull off the con successfully, or will Danny bring it all crashing down? On thing is for sure - the con is on.

star 7.92
251 votes
Directors: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Tony Jordan
New Recruits

#24 - New Recruits

Season 5 - Episode 2

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?

star 7.91
113 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Tony Jordan
Whittaker Our Way Out

#25 - Whittaker Our Way Out

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 7.90
107 votes
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Writers: Steve Coombes