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 6 - Debacle

Rick hosts an event for a pharmaceutical company. His stand-up goes down surprisingly well, but some of his ill-advised gags have far-reaching consequences.

Further details

Meanwhile, one of Mel's clients is presenting a new holiday show - What Not To Pack.

When Rick discovers that Michael the local café owner is going on a metal detecting weekend, he suggests he should be on the show. But Rick soon has bigger things to worry about, as he suddenly finds himself propelled into the spotlight - as public enemy number one.

Broadcast details

Thursday 20th December 2007
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 14th March 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
Vincent Franklin Barry
Craig Parkinson Simon Russell
Fiona Bruce Self
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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