After 8 series, 48 episodes, one BBC three spin-off series, two exits and two new characters, Kudos Productions’ Bafta nominated con-men drama for BBC One, Hustle, will end tonight. I have waxed lyrical regarding my love for this programme on the blog before but I feel that, tonight being something of a special occasion for the show, I am well within my rights to do so again.
It has long been a brilliant means of escapism for grumpy BBC viewers, and particularly Londoners, as it created an alternate version of the city where a gang of five people could do precisely what they liked to earn their money, whilst still playing fairly of course, and no one, not even the Old Bill were going to stop them. And in a world plagued by financial recession, terrorism and ancient apocalyptic predictions - it was very welcome.
Not only was it well timed and well intentioned, but well made, too. Slick camera work, post-modern audience addresses and plot twists worthy of Arthur Conan Doyle, it has been thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.
There are rumours afoot of the return of a familiar character tonight (well, they’re more the rumours, we’ve seen the photos) – Jaime Murray’s Stacey Monroe. Her interaction with characters both old and new is set to make fascinating viewing for long time fans of the show. It’s also clear, from the tiny snippets of information we were fed from both the teaser trailer at the beginning of the year as well as the preview at the end of last week’s episode, that this will be the gang’s biggest con yet, and that the episode will feature an alarming looking rooftop scene, gangsters and guns.
Other than that, we don’t really know anything. Will they all die horribly in a clash with Russian mobsters? Will only some of them die? Will they all walk away at the end just like always? I really don’t know. What I do know, is that Hustle will be sorely missed.
The finale of Hustle airs tonight, on BBC 1 at 9pm.