BBC One drama Hustle has been recommissioned for a second series just four episodes into its first run.
Hustle focuses on the world of the con artist
The six-part series, starring Robert Vaughn and Adrian Lester, has averaged an audience of almost six million since its launch.
It was the subject of an intense marketing campaign, with the slogan "the con is on".
The second series, which will again follow a group of con artists on the make in London, will air in 2005.
The show also stars Marc Warren, Jaime Murray and Robert Glennister as con artists brought together by their different skills.
Guest stars have included Tamzin Outhwaite and Robert Pugh.
It is written by Tony Jordan, chief story consultant on EastEnders, with the intention of a being "slick, stylish and sexy".
Hustle is produced by the same company which made the successful Spooks series, centred on the shadowy workings of MI5.
Spooks, which will return for a third series this year, sparked a record number of viewer complaints over one plot, accusing it of showing Islam in a bad light.
These complaints were later rejected by the television watchdog.