On TV: Friday 7th January
Channel: BBC 1 9pm
Episode Type: 7.1
In 1 Sentence: A dab of glamourous fun for a friday night.
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?
Settling down to watch the first episode of Hustle (after a year since the last series), I didn’t allow myself any high expectations - the excellence of series 3 and 4 have been and gone; series 6 was borderline cheesy - almost a gimmick of itself. However the episode showed a hint of its former sparkle, while the characters (or indeed actors) seemed more comfortable together and settled as a team.
Starting off with the selling of the Houses of Parliament set the tone - Hustle was back, bigger and better: the sweeping city shoots and swanky jazz band music making it into one good-looking package. And from what I’ve seen so far the clever writing is beginning to creep back, albeit slowly. If I wanted to be picky then, yes, the twists could be seen a mile off... but, that isn’t the point of Hustle. I don’t expect to be surprised anymore. What I can expect is a touch of glamour, escapism and most importantly... fun.