BBC commissions sixth series of Hustle

BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson has commissioned long-running drama Hustle for a sixth series.

Made by Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures, the company formed by EastEnders’ former chief scriptwriter Tony Jordan, the new series will be broadcast next year on BBC1.

The BBC said the show’s sixth outing “cemented Hustle’s place as one of the channel’s most successful and popular dramas”.

Hustle’s fifth series saw the return of Adrian Lester, who was in the show’s first three series but not its fourth, and introduced brother and sister duo Emma and Sean Kennedy, played by ex-Holby City actress Kelly Adams and former EastEnders actor Matt Di Angelo.

Jordan, who created the series, and is also its writer and executive producer, said: “We’re really pleased with the way that series five has been received. It’s always difficult to maintain a drama’s following when you’ve been off air for a period of time. Having a fabulous actor like Adrian Lester back in the fold has really helped. I’ve already got some great ideas for series six, so I can’t wait to get cracking on the scripts.”

The new series of Hustle will film in and around London this year.

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