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 6 - End

The final episode of the sitcom. Rick has at last found the fame and success he so desperately craves...

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

Thanks to his ordeal as a hostage, the "Prison Siege Comic", as he is now known in the tabloids, is on an all-time high. He's inundated with offers - from appearing as a hostage expert on the national news, to featuring in a celebrity survival series. When he is asked to host The Brave Britain Awards in front of a live television audience of millions, Rick thinks all his dreams have finally come true. But, as he prepares to go on stage, it seems that the dream is about to turn into a nightmare.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 5th July 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)
Michael Simkins Newscaster
Sarah Belcher Awards Show Production Manager
Gary McCormack Donald's Messenger
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


Ramp for Clive's Mum

Clive pops round to tell Rick about a mobility ramp he plans to build for his disabled mother. Will Rick agree to the plans?

View this clip on the BBC website

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

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