Sitcom about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Lead Balloon is a British television series produced by Open Mike Productions for BBC Four. The series was created and is co-written by comedian Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair. It stars Dee as Rick Spleen, a cynical and misanthropic comedian whose life is plagued by petty annoyances, disappointments and embarrassments. Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power and Tony Gardner also star. The first series of six episodes was broadcast on BBC Four in 2006, with the first episode achieving the highest ratings for a comedy on the channel. Repeats of the series were run on BBC Two and BBC HD, bringing it to a larger audience. The second series of eight episodes aired on BBC Two from November 2007; the third series aired from November 2008; and the final series aired from 31 May 2011 until 5 July. Comparisons were made by critics to the successful American comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, and positive comments were made about Lead Balloon's characters, particularly Anna Crilly's Magda, the Eastern European housekeeper. The first series was released on DVD in November 2007. The show's theme tune is a cover version of “One Way Road”, written by Noel Gallagher and performed by Paul Weller.
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The first series aired on BBC Four between 4 October and 8 November 2006 in the 10:30 p.m. timeslot. The ratings success of the first episodes led to the series having a repeat run on BBC Two, starting on 26 October. A second series of eight episodes was commissioned by the controller of BBC Two following the conclusion of the first series. The third series began on 13 November 2008. The fourth series premiered on BBC 2 on 31 May 2011. Lead Balloon was the first comedy series to be broadcast on the BBC's high-definition service, BBC HD, with another repeat run beginning on 21 December 2006. Episodes were also made available as streaming downloads on bbc.co.uk during the first series run. Jack Dee announced during an interview on Alan Carr: Chatty Man that a fourth series was in the works. Shooting finished in autumn 2010 and the series began its broadcast run on 31 May 2011 in the UK on BBC2 at 10pm. In Australia, series one and two were first aired back-to-back on ABC1 each Tuesday at 8pm from 3 February 2009 until 7 April when the network shifted the remaining episodes to the later 9:30pm slot until 5 May 2009. Both seasons have since been repeated on the lower-rated ABC2 channel and uploaded to the ABC iView catch-up service. Series three is yet to air in Australia. In Sweden, series two was aired on SVT1 from the ninth of July 2012: Series 3 and 4 were aired in the Autumn of the same year.
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