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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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Series 1, Episode 4 - Allergic

Rick confides in Mel and Marty that he may have inadvertently killed one of Britain's best-loved entertainers, Bob Fairchild.

Further details

Rick is equally concerned that the free shoe-organiser he's ordered from the Bargain Channel has not arrived, and asks Magda to help him track it down.

Meanwhile Marty and Rick are busy writing for Rick's upcoming appearance on topical news panel show Bullet in the News, but café-owner Michael has his own thoughts about what stories might work on the show, much to Rick's fury.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 25th October 2006
BBC Four
30 minutes

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
Ted Robbins Bob Fairchild
Amanda Hadingue Fiona Fairchild
Darren Jordon Actor
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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