Comedy Clicks – Lead Balloon

Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a sitcom that broke BBC Four audience records when it was first released – Lead Balloon



Opening Titles / Theme Tune

One Way Road by Paul Weller

About the Show

Summary of Plot

Rick Spleen is a world-weary comedian who ends up doing far too many corporate jobs to pay the bills..- IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

4 seasons


Jack Dee – Rick Spleen

Raquel Cassidy – Mel

Sean Power – Marty

Anna Crilly – Magda

Antonia Campbell-Hughes – Sam

Rasmus Hardiker – Ben

Tony Gardner – Michael



+ .Dee’s frequent collaborator Pete Sinclair joined him to write the pilot script. The two worked for two weeks developing the characters and forming storylines from them, which prepared them for writing the series proper when it was commissioned

+ The first episode broke BBC Four’s audience record for a comedy series, with 383,000 viewers
Classic Clips

Car Accident

Dry Cleaner 

Rick Visits the Chemist

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