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Dale Ridley,a former TV game show host sacked for corruption,is now an equally dishonest property developer,bribing his way into getting what he wants but clever enough to let his minions appear to be the twisters. When he demolishes Albert's favourite pub the hustlers decide to make him their latest mark. Posing as American businessmen Albert and Micky persuade him to buy into their consortium which is aiming to purchase London City Studios,the very building from which Ridley was sacked and which he is itching to bull-doze. The appearance of Ash's young godson Alfie,whom the grifters are minding,almost jeopardises the heist as Ridley steals back his money but the gang manage to retrieve it - apart from the wad to which Alfie helped himself. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A weaker episode
11 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having been enjoying this series to date; I was a little disappointed with this episode; it wasn't terrible, even bad 'Hustle' beats a lot of what on TV. Once again the team decide to target a deserving victim; this time Dale Ridley, a former game show host turned property developer who has incurred their wrath by demolishing one of Albert's favourite drinking establishments. Of course he is fair game because he isn't above bribing officials and in his show biz days expected a large fee for his 'charity appearances. Knowing he is after a big deal in London the team pretend to be an American firm needing a British front to buy the old film studios from which Ridley was fired. Matters are complicated by the fact that Ash has been lumbered with his eleven year old godson who is keen to help with the con but almost ends up ruining it.

The story itself was okay, if somewhat routine, and I did have a chuckle are the deliberate awfulness of the 'popular '80s game show'; the disgraced host who still used his catch phrase was somewhat annoying though as was the child; I'm just glad he left at the end of the episode so we won't have to endure his character any more! I think it was a mistake to have a comedian playing the mark as his character never felt like a threat to any of the team; for the programme to work the viewer must at least think there is a possibility things might not go entirely the team's way; here the only surprise was that they didn't take even more money off him!


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