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Hustle: Price For Fame

Back from a spell in Las Vegas - a very expensive one, thanks to a mistake by Danny - the team are strapped for cash and desperate to get back into the game.

Their first big mark is Benny Frazier (played by Mel Smith), an obnoxious pub owner who smuggles in illegal refugees to work for him. The apple of his eye is his son Joey, who's a wannabe rap artist. Joey's keen to hit the big time as a British Eminem - and the most talentless fool Mickey and the gang have ever had the pleasure to con.

Never one to turn down a challenge, Albert ropes Benny in by telling him about a friend (Danny) who's big in the record industry. When he's introduced, Danny speaks before putting his brain in gear as usual. He promises not only to take Joey to the exclusive and prestigious MOBOs - but to get his demo played on Radio 1!

After blagging entry into the MOBOs, Ash hunts down a rather tipsy Sara Cox and sneakily stashes a copy of Joey's single in her handbag.

Posing as a big shot American hip hop record producer, Mickey is the man that is going to make Benny's son's dream come true. Thrilled to be rubbing shoulders with his idols and industry moguls, Joey's brimming with joy.

When Joey's record is played on Radio 1, Benny is putty in their hands. Having gained his trust, Mickey convinces Benny into parting with £100,000 to get Joey's record promotions going.

However, Benny catches on to the con, and it's up to Ash to hatch a plan B - with a little help from the boys in blue.


Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Airdate: Friday March 10th, 2006

Director: Otto Bathurst
Writer: Tony Jordan

Alternate Airdates:

US (amc) Jun 28, 2006

Guest Stars
Agron BibaAgron Biba
As Hannu
Benjamin Smith (1)Benjamin Smith (1)
As Joey Frazier
David Doyle (2)David Doyle (2)
As Mechanic
Emma BuckleyEmma Buckley
As Sharon Frazier
Harry MillerHarry Miller
As Cabbie
Keith BarronKeith Barron
As Hemmings
Mel SmithMel Smith
As Benny Frazier
Ryan GageRyan Gage
As Billy
Sara CoxSara Cox
As Herself
Tim PlesterTim Plester
As Sam Knowles
Tom Clarke-Hill (1)Tom Clarke-Hill (1)
As American mark
Main Cast
Robert GlenisterRobert Glenister
As Ash "Three Socks" Morgan
Adrian LesterAdrian Lester
As Michael "Mickey Bricks" Stone
Robert VaughnRobert Vaughn
As Albert Stroller
Rob JarvisRob Jarvis
As Eddie
Jaime MurrayJaime Murray
As Stacie Monroe
Marc Warren (2)Marc Warren (2)
As Danny Blue
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