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Lead Balloon. Rick Spleen (Jack Dee). Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

Lead Balloon

BBC Two and BBC Four sitcom. 27 episodes (4 series), 2006 - 2011. Stars Jack Dee, Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rasmus Hardiker, Tony Gardner and Anna Crilly.

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Lead Balloon. Rick Spleen (Jack Dee). Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

Series 1 (2006)

We meet Rick for the first time as he fronts a lame Government TV recycling campaign which backfires spectacularly.

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Lead Balloon. Image shows from L to R: Magda (Anna Crilly), Ben (Rasmus Hardiker), Mel (Raquel Cassidy), Sam (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), Rick Spleen (Jack Dee). Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

Series 2 (2007)

From the points on his driving licence, to a run-in with a children's entertainer - life was the usual bundle of worries for Rick in Series 2.

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Lead Balloon. Image shows from L to R: Rick Spleen (Jack Dee), Mel (Raquel Cassidy), Magda (Anna Crilly), Ben (Rasmus Hardiker), Michael (Tony Gardner), Sam (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), Marty (Sean Power). Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

Series 3 (2008)

Magda practically moved in, Ben and Sam temporarily split up, and Rick got himself into all kinds of new embarrassing situations in the third series.

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Lead Balloon. Rick Spleen (Jack Dee). Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

Series 4 (2011)

Rick's career hit an all-time low - even by his own dismal standards. From public humiliation on live TV to private embarrassment at a Comedy Workshop, it seems that everything Rick touches turns to mould.

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