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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Series 2, Episode 1 - Giraffe

According to Rick, his career is blossoming and he's never been so popular. In other words, he's still a self-deluded liar.

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Further details

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

In the opening episode, Rick appears as a Celebrity Oracle' on a day time quiz show. Back at home, Magda, his surly Eastern European help, has finally handed in her notice.

Broadcast details

Thursday 15th November 2007
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 15th February 2009 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 20th February 2011 11:55pm BBC1
Monday 21st February 2011 12:40am BBC1 Scot

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
Michael Fenton Stevens Trevor
Gail Kemp Linda Parson
Ralph Ineson Bob Martin
Alan McKenna Policeman
Writing team
Jack Dee Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer
Production team
Alex Hardcastle Director
Alex Hardcastle Producer
Addison Cresswell Executive Producer
Andrew Beint Executive Producer
Russell Beeden Editor
Gordon Whistance Production Designer


Dunces and Dorks

Rick appears as a Celebrity Oracle on a day time quiz show and makes a fool of himself. This is the scene the next day in Michael's cafe.

Featuring: Jack Dee (Rick Spleen), Tony Gardner (Michael) & Sean Power (Marty).

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