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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 3, Episode 5 - Spikey

It's looking like Sam and Ben really have split up. Rick isn't that bothered - until it emerges that Sam has been seeing more of Spikey.

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Further details

Rick and Mel invited to the theatre by one of her clients. Rick's reluctance increases when he realises that the hit play they're about to see was written by an ex stand-up who used to appear on the same bill as him.

But not even in his worst nightmares could Rick have imagined the humiliating way that the evening ends.

Meanwhile it's looking like Sam and Ben really have split up. Rick isn't that bothered - until it emerges that Sam has been seeing more of Spikey, who Rick describes as a walking biohazard.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 11th December 2008
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 11th April 2011 10:30pm BBC4
Tuesday 10th May 2011 2:05am Dave
Thursday 19th May 2011 2:25am Dave

Cast & crew

Cast
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
Alex Lowe Phil Randell (Radio DJ)
Bronson Webb Spikey
Ronan Vibert Sir Kenneth Albright
Lorna Watson Susan
Alex Macqueen Brendan
Nadia Cameron-Blakey Camilla Raines
Writing team
Jack Dee Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer
Production team
Alex Hardcastle Director
Alex Hardcastle Producer
Addison Cresswell Executive Producer
Andrew Beint Executive Producer
Mark Henson Editor
Gordon Whistance Production Designer

Video

Jack Dee introduces 'Spikey'

Jack introduces a clip from 'Spikey'...

Featuring: Jack Dee (Rick Spleen) & Bronson Webb (Spikey).

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