Airtime: 22:30:00(Great Britain) on BBC THREE. Status: Returning Series. Country: UK. Runtime: 30 min
The Real Hustle is a BBC television series made by Objective Productions and written by Alexis Conran and Paul Wilson. The show demonstrates confidence and magic tricks, distraction scams and proposition bets performed on members of the public by presenters Conran, Wilson and Jessica-Jane Clement. Several episodes of the series state that all marks have been genuinely hoodwinked, and that any money lost is returned to them after filming. However, the BBC's website states that "The participants featured in The Real Hustle have either been set up by their family and friends or believe that they are participating in another television programme." The show has been sold to numerous countries, and seven (Russia, Israel, Belgium, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the United States) have made their own versions. It has been commissioned for two further series. The eleventh series will start in 2012.