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When Stacie's friend attempts suicide because of a slanderous story about her by a newspaper. The team, expectedly, decide to make a mark out of the newspaper. A false headline about the ... See full summary »



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Emily Shaw
Francis Owen
Roderic Culver ...
Glen Davies ...
House Owner
Danny Erskine ...
Den (as Daniel Erskine Nartay)
Pip Harvey ...
Cynthia Felgate
Tim Millen
Martin Townsend ...
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When Stacie's friend attempts suicide because of a slanderous story about her by a newspaper. The team, expectedly, decide to make a mark out of the newspaper. A false headline about the identity of the queen mother quickly intrigues the chief editor and his top reporter. However, the editor isn't the only one worrying about the truth of the story. Written by Mat Greenfield

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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7 April 2006 (UK)  »

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The original name of the newspaper featured in this episode was the Sunday World. However, all instances of it were dubbed over with the Weekend World as the Sunday World is actually an Irish newspaper. See more »


A DNA analysis of the two hair samples would show both sources to be male, ruling out the Queen Mum as one of them. While it is possible that the analysis is only to determine similarity, it seems unlikely that this glaring detail would have been overlooked. Also, depending on the method, genetic fingerprinting would likely reveal that the two samples in fact originate from the same person, rather than from a parent and a child. See more »


Spoofs Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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The Royal Trick...
27 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 'mark' in this episode of Hustle is a ruthless, truth bending, cynical and despicable editor in chief of one of the British tabloids.

One of most enduring secrets in contemporary Europe is how a proud nation, such as the British, can have such a morally despicable tabloid press? How this social phenomenon is possible, considering the in England typical high moral claims about themselves? Remember the "be British" self proclaimed slogan? Do not count on it in Britain's press. Not only "gentlemen" is a term introduced worldwide, so is "hooligan," "rowdy" or... "grifter," for that matter.

Under such circumstances sympathies of the viewers are clearly with our con-man team. They came out with an elaborate story involving royal family, which they hope to get published in the tabloid. Of course, they also know how to later discredit the story, and make some money in the process. The tabloids are so hated in Britain, that even the MI5 helps in the execution of the con's most difficult trick, which appears to provide the irrefutable, hard proof to the editor of the tabloid. In the end it takes however Mickey Bricks "plan B" to get some money for the trick, which is being than in a best Robin Hood fashion donated to a charity.

This is one of the best Hustle episodes. The storyline is suspenseful. It is fascinating is to watch the replays of the crucial scenes with the "dots filled in." As always, a first time viewer will be stunned how the same scenes can tell a different story and explain what has really happened.

This is how we like Hustle: High stakes, sophisticated and so stunningly plausible in the detail.

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