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 3 - £5000

Rick gets in a punch-up at an awards ceremony and ends up with a black eye.

Further details

Back at home, he fails to find sympathy from Madga (who recommends putting vodka on it) or from Marty (who is more worried about a show they are pitching to the BBC).

Meanwhile, his partner Mel points out that Rick has mistakenly pledged a vast amount of money to café owner Michael for a forthcoming sponsored charity event.

Rick tries to wangle his way out of the sponsorship with various ploys, and ends up succeeding - but in an unintended and catastrophic way.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 18th October 2006
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 15th March 2010 7:20pm 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
Ian Ashpitel Graham McLean
Owen Brazendale Community Support Officer
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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