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 2 - Dead

Rick lands a job as a presenter on The Bargain Channel. It's Britain's premier shopping channel, as Rick points out to anyone who will listen.

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Further details

Lead Balloon. Image shows from L to R: Rick Spleen (Jack Dee), Donna (Sophie Winkleman). Copyright: Open Mike Productions

Rick lands a job as a presenter on The Bargain Channel. For once, his new job even impresses surly Eastern European help Magda, who is a big fan of the show.

His writing partner Marty and local café owner Michael are not so easily convinced, but Rick is determined that he's finally found something he's good at.

Meanwhile, Rick's daughter Sam and boyfriend Ben are allegedly looking for work - without ever getting up from the sofa.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 7th June 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
Matthew Marsh Chuck (Advert Actor)
Sophie Winkleman Donna (Presenter)
David Schaal Bargain Channel Producer
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


Wax And Shine

Rick is at a casting for a car wax advert.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Jack Dee (Rick Spleen) & Matthew Marsh (Chuck).

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