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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 4, Episode 1 - Pig

Rick's career is at an all-time low: even his idea of writing a novel gets stuck on page one.

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Further details

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

Rick's career is at an all-time low, so when a Sunday newspaper wants to do an 'At Home With' feature about his partner Mel, Rick naturally tries to muscle in on the action. But when he decides that having a pet pig would look good in the photos, Rick proves that if nothing else, he's the prize-winning author of his own downfall.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 31st May 2011
30 minutes

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
John Biggins Clive Gray (Neighbour)
Ingrid Oliver Jenny (Journalist)
William Andrews Alan (Photographer)
Writing team
Jack Dee Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer
Production team
Alex Hardcastle Director
Alex Hardcastle Producer
Addison Cresswell Executive Producer
Andrew Beint Executive Producer
Liana Del Giudice (as Liana Del Guidice) Editor
Gordon Whistance Production Designer


Magda And The Pig

Magda questions the reason that Rick has a pig in the house.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Anna Crilly (Magda) & Jack Dee (Rick Spleen).

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