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 5 - Blade

Rick finds himself held hostage. Robbie Coltrane guest stars as deranged prisoner Donald.

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Lead Balloon. Donald (Robbie Coltrane). Copyright: Open Mike Productions

Having accepted funding from the local council, Rick reluctantly agrees to teach a Stand-up Comedy Workshop in Belford Prison. But this turns out to be one of Rick's worst gigs: he is taken hostage, trapped in the prison library by a knife-wielding prisoner, Donald.

Donald is a worrying mixture of charming and psychotic - and worse still for Rick, has a pathological hatred of liars. Can Rick talk his way out of trouble?

Broadcast details

Tuesday 28th June 2011
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Jack Dee Rick Spleen
Guest cast
Robbie Coltrane Donald
Adam Stevens Journalist
Judith Faultless Journalist
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


Robbie Coltrane in Lead Balloon

Robbie Coltrane guest stars as prisoner Donald, who asks Rick for a review on his stand-up routine. Rick gives a positive review as Donald explains all of the stories he told were true.

Featuring: Jack Dee (Rick Spleen) & Robbie Coltrane (Donald).

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