The first of six episodes in series one was broadcast on BBC1 on February 24, 2004. During the series, Mickey 'Bricks' Stones (Adrian Lester) gets his old team together, Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) is viciously beaten by a local gangster after cheating at cards, the gang sell a forged painting to an art enthusiast, Mickey is blackmailed by a former police officer, a vengeful woman gets into trouble, and a con targets a man's two secret weaknesses - gambling and prostitutes.
Series two began on March 25, 2005. Danny Blue (Marc Warren) makes a bet with Mickey 'Bricks' Stones (Adrian Lester) that a developer can be conned, while the death of a close friend leaves Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) questioning his own mortality. Danny tries to swindle a Nigerian collector of rare currency, the team target an auction house with a comic book forgery, the gang target the former husband of Stacie Monroe (Jaime Murray) when he clears out her apartment, and Mickey hatches a plan to steal the crown jewels.
Series three started on March 10, 2006. The gang target a people-trafficker, the rivalry between Mickey 'Bricks' Stones (Adrian Lester) and Danny Blue (Marc Warren) escalates, the team set up a fake company to crash a bank, they attempt to set up a sweatshop owner by using a movie-investor con in a Bollywood film, a tabloid newspaper is targeted with a fake story about the Queen Mother, and the gang members are caught by the police after cocaine is found in a suitcase Mickey was carrying. Richard Chamberlain guest-starred in the third episode. This series marked the end of Adrian Lester's first spell in Hustle.
Series four commenced with the first of six new episodes on May 3, 2007. With Mickey out of the way, Danny Blue (Marc Warren) comes up with an ambitious plan to sell the Hollywood sign to Texan movie memorabilia fanatic Anthony Westley (Robert Wagner). Billy Bond (Ashley Walters) stops at nothing to join the gang, the miscreants' favourite barman is in trouble when the owner of his father's nursing home holds him ransom, an intricate con targets an immoral woman with a passion for fashion, the gang members are taken hostage, and the team fly out to Las Vegas when they discover Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) has been beaten up by a Mafia boss. Episode six marked the final appearances of Marc Warren, Jaime Murray and Ashley Walters.
Adrian Lester returned as Mickey 'Bricks' Stones in series five. The first of six episodes aired on January 8, 2009. During the series, Mickey and Ash 'Three Socks' Morgan (Robert Glenister) pose as city traders to join an insider dealing scam, Sean Kennedy (Matt Di Angelo) and Emma Kennedy (Kelly Adams) become part of the gang, Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) faces trouble from a new prison governor, a deal goes wrong when the team is left with a priceless diamond, Sean goes undercover in an MP's office, and it looks like Mickey might finally be beaten during a poker game.
The series aired for the first of six new episodes on January 4, 2010. During this run, Emma Kennedy (Kelly Adams) poses as singer Kylie Minogue, Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn) decides to try his luck at the casinos in Las Vegas, Albert tries to close a deal in Chinatown with a notorious hardman, Sean Kennedy (Matt Di Angelo) leads a con on his father, Mickey 'Bricks' Stones (Adrian Lester) is conned himself by someone who has sold him a useless mobile phone online, and the gang is forced to do a job for two MI6 officers.
The series begins with the con-artists targeting a former model who is stealing money from naive young women. As events unfold, the gang tracks the founder of a money-lending business; tries to outsmart a casino owner; and helps out an old friend in financial difficulty.
In the first episode, the con-artists take on a dealer famous for parting the elderly from their possessions for a pittance and trading stolen gold for a huge profit. In the later episodes, a priceless-painting scam ends up with Mickey being kidnapped; the hustlers are targeted by a corrupt cop who has bribed a pickpocket to infiltrate the gang; and the group acts on behalf of a close friend who has been the victim of a sham diet plan run by American fraudsters.