Sitcom Lead Balloon focused on Rick Spleen, a once popular comedian now reduced to the odd corporate gig and occasional guest spot on TV panel shows. Rick is beset by problems on all sides – all of which are generally of his own making.
Making up Rick’s world are his writing partner Marty, definitely not quite right cafe owner Michael, “unheppy” house-keeper Magda, his daughter Sam and her dopey boyfriend Ben and Rick’s long suffering wife and successful agent Mel.
Superbly funny Lead Balloon probably never quite got the kudos it deserved, Dee is pretty much playing to type here but he is so good at it!
Lead Balloon started life on digital only Channel BBC4 before getting a quick repeat (whilst the show was still on) on BBC2, series two went straight to BBC2.
UK / BBC-4 and BBC-2 / 27×30 minutes / Broadcast 4 October 2006 – 5 July 2011
Writers: Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair / Theme Tune: One Way Road, written by Noel Gallagher and sung by Paul Weller.
JACK DEE as Rick Spleen
RAQUEL CASSIDY as Mel
SEAN POWER as Marty
TONY GARDNER as Michael
ANNA CRILLY as Magda
ANTONIA CAMPBELL-HUGHES as Sam
RASMUS HARDIKER as Ben