Lead Balloon (2006-2011)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 2006-10-04

Runtime: 30 minutes

Genre(s): Comedy

Language(s): English

Description

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. A second series of eight episodes aired on BBC Two in November 2007, and a third series began airing in November 2008. A fourth and final series commenced broadcast on 31 May 2011 on BBC Two and ended on 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 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.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 27
Season 1 6
S01E01
Rubbish
S01E02
Wayne
S01E03
£5000
S01E04
Allergic
S01E05
Pistachio
S01E06
Fatty
Season 2 8
S02E01
Giraffe
S02E02
Hero
S02E03
Points
S02E04
Idiot
S02E05
Sick
S02E06
Debacle
S02E07
Rita
S02E08
Lucky
Season 3 7
S03E01
Gas
S03E02
Panda
S03E03
Fax
S03E04
Karma
S03E05
Spikey
S03E06
Mistake
S03E07
Nuts
Season 4 6
S04E01
Pig
S04E02
Dead
S04E03
Shoddy
S04E04
Off
S04E05
Blade
S04E06
End
Specials 2
S00E01
Hot Air
Unknown
S00E02
Crash Landings
Unknown
Cast 6
Jack Dee - Rick Spleen
Tony Gardner
Rasmus Hardiker
Anna Crilly
Raquel Cassidy
Sean Power
Network 1
BBC Four

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