Lead Balloon. Rick Spleen (Jack Dee). Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

Lead Balloon

BBC Two and BBC Four sitcom starring Jack Dee. 27 episodes (4 series), 2006 - 2011. Stars Jack Dee, Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and others.

Series 3 - Nuts

Rick is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas at home with Mel. However, it soon turns into a Christmas that Rick will never forget - for all the wrong reasons.

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Lead Balloon. Image shows from L to R: Ben (Rasmus Hardiker), Sam (Antonia Campbell-Hughes). Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

Rick is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas at home with Mel. It will be a well-earned break from the challenging acting role he is currently immersed in - playing the part of Mr Smee in a panto. Marty is no fan of pantomime, or of Christmas in general, and plans to head off for some winter sun - preferably to a country where carol-singing is punishable by death.

Meanwhile Sam is busy baking some mince pies for Ben. Rick thinks his daughter is being sweetly old fashioned until Marty points out that the pies may contain a certain special ingredient. Michael the deranged local cafe owner has his own reasons for looking forward to Christmas. To everyone's amazement, he has finally found a girlfriend.

Only Magda fails to get into the Christmas spirit. She is officially in mourning, as the President of her country has died. As Rick points out, at least it means he'll avoid the war crimes trial.

As the countdown to Christmas begins, the problems stack up for Rick. The bargain tree that he bought is losing its needles. It looks like Magda is going to be joining them for Christmas dinner. And when Rick accidentally injures an old lady, there's a very unseasonal confrontation with his neighbour Clive. It soon turns into a Christmas that Rick will never forget - for all the wrong reasons.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 23rd December 2008
Time
10:15pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
40 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular 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
    John Biggins Clive Gray (Neighbour)
    Alex Lowe Phil Randell (Radio DJ)
    Will Poulter (as William Poulter) Sweet Throwing Boy
    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
    Mark Henson Editor
    Gordon Whistance Production Designer

    Video

    Jack Dee introduces Christmas Special

    Jack Dee introduces a clip from the 2008 Christmas Special.

    Featuring: Jack Dee (Rick Spleen), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Sam), Rasmus Hardiker (Ben).

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