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 3, Episode 1 - Gas

Mel announces that Magda is moving in with them until her boiler's fixed. Rick fears that it will become a permanent arrangement.

Further details

Meanwhile, Rick discovers a secret concerning Michael. He agonises over whether to tell him. When Rick and Mel are invited along to the opening night of Michael's new restaurant, it's a recipe for disaster.

Broadcast details

Thursday 13th November 2008
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 14th March 2011 10:30pm BBC4
Friday 13th May 2011 1:55am Dave
Thursday 26th May 2011 1:55am Dave

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
Christopher Godwin Colin
Writing team
Jack Dee Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer
Production team
Alex Hardcastle Director
Alex Hardcastle Producer
Addison Cresswell Executive Producer
Andrew Beint Executive Producer
Simon Reglar Editor
Gordon Whistance Production Designer

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