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Series / The Real Hustle

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British documentary and Companion Show to Hustle, which ran from 2006 to 2012. The show follows a team of good con artists consisting of a pair of magicians and a model as they demonstrate contemporary cons and how to avoid them. While it was Hustle's non-fiction counterpart, it's become a show in its own right and overtook it in episode count, as well as expanding its cast.

"The Real Tropes":

  • Fun with Acronyms: In the Christmas special the hustlers collect donations for their own "charity", known as Charitable Organisations Nationwide.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday
  • Meaningful Name: "This is Mr Crooke"
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Some of the cons are filmed this way, with the scene looking seemingly innocent, only for a subtle slip to be revealed as not so innocuous.
    • One man helps Alex (who is using crutches)down a flight of stairs while Alex tells him how he injured himself and which pair crutch goes in which hand. At the top of the stairs Paul asks him what time it is, making him realise his watch has been stolen. Turns out Alex was play acting and used talk about his injury to work the watch off the mark's wrist and then confusion over the crutches to hide it.
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  • Punny Name: The aliases of the team: Ian Steele, Rob Marks and Sue Windle.
  • Reality Subtext: Many of the cons.
  • Smuggling with Dolls: The con artists in one case befriend some tourists on vacation and trick the tourists into becoming drug mules by asking them to deliver a stuffed animal full of drugs to one of their "relatives" when they return to the UK.