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 5 - Sick

Mel is confined to bed with flu. Rick offers to field her work calls but soon finds himself spectacularly out of his depth.

Further details

In any case, he would rather be working on Lying Or Flying, the game show idea that he and Marty are trying to pitch to a broadcaster. Magda too is ill, but insists on turning up with some of her special home-made soup for Mel.

Meanwhile, Michael is holding a Third World Awareness Day at his café, and Sam and Ben try to persuade Rick to buy a T-shirt for the same cause. But it's one of Mel's clients who provides Rick with the biggest headache.

Broadcast details

Thursday 13th December 2007
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 7th March 2011 12:35am 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
Jane Robbins Jackie
Amit Shah Adam
Christopher Douglas Pharmacist
George Keeler Tommy Giggles
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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