Lead Balloon

Lead Balloon

2006 - 2011, Comedy
A comedian ends up doing corporate jobs to pay the bills.
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Episode Guide

  • Lead Balloon - End (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:


    Rick has finally arrived. After 20 years in the business, the hostage ordeal has finally helped him achieve the success he desperately craved for so long. The offers flood in for the 'Prison Siege Comic', as he has been dubbed by the tabloids, the biggest of which is a chance to host the Brave Britain Awards in front of a TV audience of millions. But as he prepares to go on stage, his dream threatens to turn into a nightmare. Jack Dee stars

  • Lead Balloon - Blade (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:


    Rick reluctantly agrees to teach a Stand-up Comedy Workshop in Belford Prison, where he is taken hostage and trapped in the prison library by a knife-wielding prisoner named Donald.

  • Lead Balloon - Off (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    Rick decides to set up his own stand-up comedy workshop, but he inadvertently creates a monster in deranged cafe owner and wannabe comic Michael.

  • Lead Balloon - Shoddy (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:


    Rick's going from strength to strength on the Bargain Channel, but he's not pleased when Marty takes a shine to his co-presenter, Donna; Clive demands a refund from the Bargain Channel.

  • Lead Balloon - Dead (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:


    Rick lands a job on a bargain shopping channel which impresses Magda, who is a big fan of teleshopping.

  • Lead Balloon - Pig (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:


    Rick has trouble writing his novel; the Sunday paper wants to do a feature on Mel.

  • Lead Balloon - Mistake (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:


    Rick hears Mel talking about a job one of her clients is up for.

  • Lead Balloon - Spikey (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:


    Rick and Mel are invited to a hit play written by an ex-stand-up.

  • Lead Balloon - Karma (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:


    A near-death experience makes Rick a changed man.

  • Lead Balloon - Fax (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:


    Rick is a guest on a radio panel show and manages to get the worst score of all time; Rick's daughter, Sam, forms a band with her boyfriend, Ben.

  • Lead Balloon - Panda (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:


    When Rick is invited on a TV series that traces celebrities' family trees, his real name is revealed.

  • Lead Balloon - Gas (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:


    Awkward moments in the lives of a stand-up comic and his friends in London.

  • Lead Balloon - Lucky (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:


    Rick claims Marty lacks ambition.

  • Lead Balloon - Rita (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:


    Rick appears along side of a Hollywood starlet after landing a cameo role in a movie.

  • Lead Balloon - Debacle (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    One of Mel's clients presents a new holiday show, 'What Not To Pack'.

  • Lead Balloon - Sick (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:


    The women are sick so Rick is forced to take over.

  • Lead Balloon - Idiot (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    Rick's agent Mel's other client hosts a talk show.

  • Lead Balloon - Points (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:


    Rick tries to get others to take the blame for his speeding.

  • Lead Balloon - Hero (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:


    Rick becomes a local hero when he stops a suicide.

  • Lead Balloon - Giraffe (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    Rick Spleen appears as a 'celebrity oracle', on day-time quiz show 'Trick or Treat'.

  • Lead Balloon - Fatty (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:


    Rick decides to start exercising after being humiliated by a talk show host.

  • Lead Balloon - Pistachio (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    Rick buys a scooter but fears it may make him look gay, so he buys a leather jacket.

  • Lead Balloon - Allergic (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Rick confides he may have killed a popular entertainer by accident.

  • Lead Balloon - 5000 Pounds (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    5000 Pounds

    Rick sports a black eye after getting into a fight at an awards ceremony.

  • Lead Balloon - Wayne (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    Rick has regrets about presenting a You've Been Framed-style DVD.

  • Lead Balloon - Rubbish (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Rick fronts a government TV recycling campaign.

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