BBC orders final series of Hustle

HustleBBC One has ordered an eighth and final series on con-drama Hustle created by Tony Jordan.

Hustle originally launched in 2004 and was a ratings and critical success for the BBC. Created by Tony Jordan, a prolific writer on EastEnders whose other credits include Sunburn, Where The Heart Is and co-creating Life on Mars. Jordan also created the short-lived police drama Holby/Blue, a spin-off from Casualty and Holby City. Jordan will pen the final series of Hustle which has been ordered by the BBC.

Last year the BBC’s controller of drama, Ben Stephenson, warned some of the corporation’s longer-running serials would be axed to make way for newer dramas. Since then Waking the Dead and Lark Rise to Candleford have both been cancelled and now Hustle joins the growing list.  Amongst the original cast of Hustle were Jaime Murray and Marc Warren both of whom left at the end of its fourth series. Joining at the start of the fifth season were former EastEnders actor Matt Di Angelo and Kelly Adams.