Season 3 Episode 5

The Hustler's News of Today

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 07, 2006 on BBC
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Episode Summary


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.


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  • This episode was great but somewhat lower in humour and intensity than others in the series.

    The story was interesting and as usual, almost believable. The details of the con that the Hustle team used to prove the Royal scoop were well developed although it was a bit too easy to get into Buckingham Palace. Kenneth Cranham was superb as the editor(Frances Owen) and Paul Kaye was decent as the obnoxious reporter(Millen). The twist at the end with the Sunday Express was a nice touch as was Martin Townsend playing himself as the editor. There was less humour in this episode than previous ones and there was less intensity so the action was not as riveting.moreless
  • Brilliant!! Hustle at its best!

    This is one of those episodes that, I think, Hustle was designed for. A wonderfully inventive story driven by a witty script, capped with some great performances (Cranham and Kaye are superb) marks this episode as a series highlight so far.

    Marc Warren just gets better and better as Danny Blue and adds understated comic punctuations to what is now a smooth running ensemble piece.

    The more I watch this show, the more I am reminded of The Avengers.

    Like The Avengers, Hustle can be absurd, surreal and stretch credibility beyond breaking point and yet remain fresh, funny, ingenious and cracking entertainment. This episode had all that. It is a delicate balance and you can understand why the odd episode misses the mark.

    Series 3 has been a tad patchy in parts but episodes like this one show there is still some gas in the tank.moreless
Paul Kaye

Paul Kaye

Tim Millen

Guest Star

Kenneth Cranham

Kenneth Cranham

Frances Owen

Guest Star

Lara Cazalet

Lara Cazalet

Emily Shaw

Guest Star

Rob Jarvis

Rob Jarvis


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Throughout the episode, when Danny is playing the role of Chris Kerry in the con, he is often seen with a notebook in his hand. The notebook he is carrying is the Moleskine Reporter Pocket.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode aired in the US on the AMC network on July 26th, 2006 at 10PM EST/EDT.

    • This is the fourth episode of Hustle not to have a cold open. The first is the pilot, the second is the series 2 finale, and the third is series 3, episode 2.

    • Crew for this episode with a different title:
      " Jamie Parsons (Unit Manager)
      " 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)
      " Philippa James (Continuity)
      " Matt Steinmann (Location Manager)
      " Matthew Clarke (Locations Assistant)
      " George Grieve (Clapper Loader)
      " Richard Potter (Best Boy)
      " James Bain (Sound Maintenance)
      " Sam Clark-Hall (Standby Art Director)
      " Quinn Robinson (Assistant Art Director)
      " Dale Manning (Assistant Art Director)
      " 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)
      " Premier PR (Publicity)
      " Amanda Searle (Stills Photographer)
      " Emma Oxley (Assistant Editor)
      " Andrew Mitchell (On-line Editor)
      " Kpjm Lerrpm (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)