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

Lead Balloon

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two / BBC Four
  • 2006 - 2011
  • 27 episodes (4 series)

Sitcom starring Jack Dee as Rick Spleen, a grumpy misanthropic stand-up comedian whose life is plagued by let downs and embarrassment. Stars Jack Dee, Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rasmus Hardiker and more.

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Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1 - Rubbish

Rick fronts a lame Government TV recycling campaign which backfires spectacularly. Meanwhile, he and his partner Mel are invited to the christening of a remarkably ugly baby.

Further details

Rick is sent off to buy a christening present from dangerously unhinged shopkeeper Maureen, and then local cafe owner Michael forces Rick to try his new home-made fruitcake.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 4th October 2006
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 31st January 2009 9:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Jack Dee Rick Spleen
Raquel Cassidy Mel
Sean Power Marty
Antonia Campbell-Hughes Sam
Rasmus Hardiker Ben
Tony Gardner Michael
Anna Crilly Magda
Guest cast
Miranda Hart Maureen (Shopkeeper)
Writing team
Jack Dee Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer
Production team
Alex Hardcastle Director
Alex Hardcastle Producer
Addison Cresswell Executive Producer
Andrew Beint Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Russell Beeden Editor
Gordon Whistance Production Designer

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