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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.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/hustle/

Episode Info

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

Writer: Tony Jordan

Alternate Airdates:

US (amc) Jun 28, 2006

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Agron Biba
As Hannu
Benjamin Smith (1)
As Joey Frazier
Emma Buckley
As Sharon Frazier
Keith Barron
As Hemmings
Mel Smith
As Benny Frazier
Ryan Gage
As Billy
Sara Cox
As Herself
Tim Plester
As Sam Knowles
Tom Clarke-Hill (1)
As American mark
Warning: Hustle season 3 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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