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 4 - Karma

A near-death experience makes Rick a changed man. From now on, he plans to embrace the positive and see only the good in people.

Further details

His new attitude annoys Marty, who predicts it won't last. But Rick even manages to forgive Magda for selling some of his prized possessions at a car-boot sale, and when he lands the title role in a major TV drama, it looks like fate has rewarded him.

Meanwhile, life isn't all roses for Ben and Sam - they've finally decided to split up.

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th December 2008
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 4th April 2011 10:30pm BBC4
Sunday 1st May 2011 2:25am Dave
Monday 9th May 2011 1:45am Dave
Tuesday 17th May 2011 2:05am 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
Ben Willbond Jamie (Advert Director)
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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