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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 2, Episode 7 - Rita

Rick lands a cameo role in a film. He must try and get an autograph from a famous Hollywood legend - a task that proves easier said than done.

Further details

Rick lands a cameo role in a film, appearing alongside a famous Hollywood legend. When it turns out that Michael's father is her biggest fan, Rick promises to get her autograph for him - a task that proves easier said than done.

Things at Mel's work are less glamorous - one of her clients is presenting a new series of Geriatric Ward. Meanwhile on the domestic front, things grind to a halt as Rick has to deal with a sluggish football-obsessed electrician.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 26th December 2007
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 14th March 2011 12:55am BBC1
Monday 14th March 2011 1:25am 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
William Hoyland Ambrose
Karen Bryson Ally
Simon Mattacks Rory
Pearce Quigley Alan
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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