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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 6 - Mistake

Mel has to run her agency from home while the office is done up and so Rick and Marty are banished to the kitchen.

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Further details

Rick complains at being disturbed by Magda's cleaning activities and by Ben and Sam, who are making samosas to sell at a free festival.

When Marty takes a shine to Mel's assistant Izzy, it's turning into a disaster for Rick - until he overhears Mel talking about a lucrative presenting job that one of her clients is up for. He decides that the job should be his.

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th December 2008
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 18th April 2011 10:30pm BBC4
Thursday 12th May 2011 2:25am Dave
Friday 20th May 2011 2:15am Dave
Friday 3rd June 2011 2:00am 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
Eleanor Matsuura Izzy
Writing team
Jack Dee Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer


Jack Dee introduces 'Mistake'

Rick's neighbour Clive comes around for another moan... this time about the increased traffic coming to the Spleen's house. Jack Dee introduces the clip.

Featuring: Jack Dee (Rick Spleen) & John Biggins (Clive Gray).

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