Check out these (mostly) old geezers and see what you ‘‘fink’’
THESE are as old as the hills. For some reason, based on . . . I have no idea what, now that I’m thinking about it . . . I thought the ABC might’ve been running more recent episodes than ones from four years ago.
I’m sorry, did you think I was talking about the actors just then when I said these were old?
This isn’t New Tricks. It sort of is— a prettier New Tricks.
Only half of them are old— Robert Vaughn and Robert Glenister. The balance is tipped this week, just about over the edge, by another elderly Robert — Wagner.
He was a beautiful man when he was young, and he’s still, I would imagine, regarded as a hot piece by the biddies.
Not entirely a tremendous actor, but he’s just right for this show, which is riddled with not entirely tremendous actors. Or possibly a couple of OK ones who have just decided to treat this like they’re in a pantomime.
I don’t know why I said pantomime just then. Might be an English thing. This is resolutely English.
It’s ‘‘ fink’’ and ‘‘ innit’’ all the time. And they keep saying how they’re grifters. Over and over.
I wish this was one hundredth the quality of that film. Or the book. Do you remember that idiotic old Steve Martin movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? Which, help us all, is being remade.
Anyway, this show — have I even said its name out loud yet? Hustle? This show Hustle is kind of like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Not really.
But the scams are just never-ending, and unbeliev- Hustle ABC1, Friday, 9.20pm able, and they’re always going to come out on top, and everyone else, even the rich and old and powerful and not gullible — cue Robert Wagner — get taken in.
So people who just like to lie back and not be in any way ruffled by anything will find Hustle a pleasure to watch.
But there’s not enough to grip anyone. There are no moments where you could feasibly think, ‘‘ Yep, they are going to get caught here’’. I’ve never watched this show before, so I don’t know if any of them have been busted.
Mickey — you’ll know him if you’re across this show — is apparently in Australia, and there’s a bit of a tussle this week over who’s going to be the boss of the outfit. I don’t know why they need a boss. It’s kind of bizarre.
So the crew is Ash, Albert, Danny and Stacie. Stacie’s a girl. She comes in very handy this week — and I’m guessing at all times — as a honeytrap.
Danny wants to run the show and gives himself a headstart by coming up with the idea of selling the Hollywood sign to a collector, played by Wagner, who, while he doesn’t look as if he came down in the last shower, clearly did.
It all entails a trip to Los Angeles and encounters with naive, publicity-hungry people.
I suppose it’s meant to be a homage or something, but they actually rip off that exchange John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson have at the start of Pulp Fiction about the quarter pounder and how it’s called a royale with cheese in Paris, if you can you believe it? New tricks: The cast of embark on an elaborate scam in Los Angeles this week.