Season 3 Episode 2

Albert's Challenge

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 2006 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • The pub which Mickey and Ash walk past 'Pillars of Hercules' is a real pub located at No.7, Greek St, Soho, London, W1D 4DJ. Most of what exists now was built around 1910, but the pub dates back to 1733.

    • 'The Crown Tavern' (where Mickey hooks the supposed mark, Nigella) is a real pub in London, found at 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0EG. The hotel (known as the 'Brasingham Hotel' in the episode) across the road however, is not real.

    • In the scene where Danny is pretending to be an Irish builder outside the restaurant, you can clearly see large groups of people watching the filming of the scene. This was due to the locale in Central London, and was overcome by rapidly following Danny with the camera, forcing the viewers to follow Danny, and not look at the scenery.

  • Quotes

    • Ash: So, whatcha think?
      Mickey: I think that putting all our eggs in one basket may have been a bad idea.
      Ash: Oh, now he tells me.

    • Eddie: So, this griftin' thing. Do you think you could teach anyone?
      Albert: Like who?
      Eddie: Well, you know, someone like... uh... well, someone like me, for instance.
      Albert: You?
      Eddie: Yeah.
      Albert: Okay. Lesson one: give me twenty bucks.
      (Eddie surrenders the money)
      Albert: Good. Lesson two tomorrow.

    • Danny: Can I ask you something?
      Mickey: No.
      Danny: Only, unless I'm missing something, you don't seem to get much in the way of female company.
      Mickey: I do all right.
      Danny: When?
      Mickey: When I'm as far away from you as possible.
      Danny: Well, that makes sense. I mean, they ain't gonna want to shag you once they've seen me, are they?
      Mickey: Shut up, Danny.

    • Towards the end of a long and drawn out discissuion between Danny and Mickey
      Danny: I bet I've got a bigger willy than you!

  • Notes

    • This episode aired in the US on the AMC network on July 5th, 2006 at 10PM EST/EDT.

    • This is the third show of Hustle not to have a cold open. The first is the pilot, the second is the series 2 finale.

    • According to the Broadcaster's Audience Research Board, LTD (BARB), this episode of "Hustle" garnered 5.90 million viewers. This episode was ranked 13th on BBC1 and 29rd for all 5 networks for the week ending 03/19/2006.

    • Crew for this episode with a different title:
      " Jamie Parsons (Unit Manager)
      " Roger Tooley (Steadicam Operator)
      " Llewellyn Harrison (Grip)
      " Ray Holt (Props Master)
      " Claire Moorsom (Script Editor)
      " Rudi Buckle (Sound Recordist)
      " Jan Sewell (Make-up & Hair Designer)

    • Crew for this episode with a missing title:
      " Anna Kemp (3rd Assistant Director)
      " Celine Goetz (Assistant Co-ordinator)
      " Steven Edwicker (Production Accountant)
      " Jacqueline O'Sullivan (Assistant Accountant)
      " Lindsay Grant (Continuity)
      " Patrick Stewart (Location Manager)
      " Matthew Clarke (Locations Assistant)
      " Ciro Candia (Clapper Loader)
      " Richard Potter (Best Boy)
      " James Bain (Sound Maintenance)
      " Sam Clark-Hall (Standby Art Director)
      " Quinn Robinson (Art Department Assistant)
      " Dale Manning (Art Department Assistant)
      " Alice Norris (Set Dresser)
      " Paul Michel (Props Storeman)
      " Steven Westley (Dressing Props)
      " Paul Bovington (Standby Props)
      " Liam Collins (Standby Props)
      " Laurie Griffiths (Standby Carpenter)
      " Derek Docksey (Standby Rigger)
      " Jane Hamnett (Wardrobe Supervisor)
      " Harriet Lyons (Standby Costume)
      " Berger & Wyse (Opening Titles)
      " Amanda Searle (Stills Photographer)
      " Kate Lawson (Picture Publicity)
      " Emma Oxley (Assistant Editor)
      " Andrew Mitchell (On-line Editor)
      " Aidian Farrell (Colourist)
      " Darren Banks (FX Editor)
      " James Feltham (Dubbing Mixer)
      " Ben Scott (Loft Design)
      " Simon Rogers (Title Music)
      " Beatguru (Original Music)

  • Allusions

    • The scene where Danny is checking out possible marks in front of the 'Alfred Dunhill' store has importance to men's fashion.

      Alfred Dunhill, Ltd is a British-based company, specializing in men's luxury leather goods, writing implements, lighters, timepieces, fragrances and clothing. The business was developed by Alfred Dunhill after he inherited his father's saddlery business on London's 'Euston Road' (where the scene was shot, on location).

    • Danny: It's like getting Robbie Williams to warm up a crowd for that little fat one on the piano.
      Stacey: Elton John?
      Danny: Nah, Gary wotsits-bananas, you know, the one who wrote all the songs.

      Danny is referring to Take That, a popular band during the early '90's, where the two main singers, Gary Barlow (Mickey) and Robbie Williams (Danny), hated one another and (apparently) often argued. Robbie Williams is now a singer in his own right, while Gary Barlow has faded into the background (a hint at what Danny may feel the future holds).