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 4 - Idiot

Rick agrees to front a TV charity appeal for a worthy cause. Meanwhile, one of Mel's c-list celebrity clients, ex-ice skating champ Gina Therese, has a new series coming up.

Further details

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

Rick scoffs at the idea of an ice-skater hosting a chat show - until he finds out that she wants him on as a guest. At home, Magda asks his advice on where to take her friend sightseeing when she comes over on a visit to England.

Broadcast details

Thursday 6th December 2007
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 28th February 2011 12:25am BBC1

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
Rufus Jones Brendan Carter / Vince
Leo Bill Garry
Davina Myles Gina Therese
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

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