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 8 - Lucky

Rick is even more fed-up than usual. He is sick and tired of doing endless corporate gigs. He accuses his writer Marty of lacking ambition. But a call from Hollywood changes everything.

Further details

It looks like the big break has come at last - but will it mean the end of Rick and Marty's working relationship?

Meanwhile, one of Mel's clients is going through a divorce, Ben and Sam start their own dog-walking business, and even more alarmingly, Michael the café owner has started going to 'cuddle parties'. Could this really be Rick's chance to leave it all behind?

Broadcast details

Thursday 3rd January 2008
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 21st March 2011 12:55am BBC1
Monday 21st March 2011 1:25am BBC1 Scot
Monday 21st March 2011 2:00am BBC1 Wales

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
Charlotte Hudson Siobhan
Martin Savage Steve
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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