After shooting in London, Las Vegas and Hollywood, the hit television series Hustle is set to be filmed in Birmingham.
The BBC1 drama about a gang of con artists is on the move and is said to be heading for the city.
One of its stars, legendary actor Robert Vaughn, is already packing his bags and looking for a new temporary home in the city. When he came to the Memorabilia Show at the National Exhibition Centre to meet fans last weekend, he revealed he was combining his visit with a spot of house-hunting.
Vaughn, star of The Magnificent Seven and The Man from UNCLE, said: “I found out that all six shows of the new series are going to be done in Birmingham.
“Apart from this convention, one of my other responsibilities in coming here is a directive from my wife, who said ‘you’ve got to find out where I’m going to live!’. After the signings I’m going down to the Rotunda in the Bullring, which is apparently the best place for apartment-type living.”
Vaughn, who plays veteran con man Albert Stroller in Hustle, jumped the gun with his revelation, as the official line is that no firm decision has yet been taken on where the sixth series will be filmed.
But an insider says that, although all the details have not been finalised, it looks likely that Birmingham will be the new location. Filming is due to take place this summer, with a screening in early 2010.