Series 3 - Episode 3
Friday 24th March 2006, 9 - 10pm, BBC ONE
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There's a new grifter in town and he's in search of a great crew. This stranger turns out to be the grandson of the legendary 19th Century American con artist James Whittaker Wright (JW1), who made a fortune flogging fake gold mines on the stock market by using Cornfoots Merchant Bank.
When JW1's fortune became too much for the bank, they turned on him and left him to die penniless. His grandson, James Whittaker Wright III - JW3 (played by Richard Chamberlain) has come to avenge his death.
Initially wary, the Hustle crew accept the challenge - bringing down a greedy bank and outwitting a fellow grifter is far too tempting. With the gang's expertise, they're going to take Quenton (played by Stephen Campbell Moore) and Charles Cornfoot (played by Terence Harvey) down.
Danny poses as a brash city entrepreneur eager to float his mining company on the stock market, whilst Stacie plays a market analyst working on the inside. Having agreed to set up the flotation, the Cornfoots employ a Dutch oil consultant (Ash) to fuel rumours about the company's impending success and start selling shares to JW3 and Albert, their newly found investors.
Danny irritates the Cornfoots to the point of no return - they turn sour and plot his downfall. Fully prepared, the team up their game, but whilst their attention is focussed on the marks, they forget just how devious JW3 is.
He's sure to double cross them; it's not a matter of if, but when. After all, the greatest con of all is to con another grifter.
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