Lead Balloon

Lead Balloon (2006)

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creator: Jack Dee
  • First Air Date: 2006-10-04
  • Last Air Date: 2011-07-05
  • Total Seasons: 4
  • Total Episodes: 27
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Networks: BBC Four
star 7.364/10
From 11 Ratings


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.

  • Keywords: cynic, comedian, sitcom
  • Lead Balloon Trailer

    Is Lead Balloon on Netflix?

    Is Lead Balloon on Netflix? Unfortunately this serie is not yet available on Netflix.
    Follow us on Facebook to see when Lead Balloon becomes available on Netflix!

    Lead Balloon Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date:
    2 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2006-10-04
    6 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 2007-11-15
    8 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 2008-11-13
    7 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 2011-05-31
    6 Episodes

    Lead Balloon Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Rubbish30 min
    Season 1Episode 2Wayne30 min
    Season 1Episode 3£500030 min
    Season 1Episode 4Allergic30 min
    Season 1Episode 5Pistachio30 min
    Season 1Episode 6Fatty30 min
    Season 2Episode 1Giraffe30 min
    Season 2Episode 2Hero30 min
    Season 2Episode 3Points30 min
    Season 2Episode 4Idiot30 min
    Season 2Episode 5Sick30 min
    Season 2Episode 6Debacle30 min
    Season 2Episode 7Rita30 min
    Season 2Episode 8Lucky30 min
    Season 3Episode 1Gas30 min
    Season 3Episode 2Panda30 min
    Season 3Episode 3Fax30 min
    Season 3Episode 4Karma30 min
    Season 3Episode 5Spikey30 min
    Season 3Episode 6Mistake30 min
    Season 3Episode 7Nuts30 min
    Season 4Episode 1Pig30 min
    Season 4Episode 2Dead30 min
    Season 4Episode 3Shoddy30 min
    Season 4Episode 4Off30 min
    Season 4Episode 5Blade30 min
    Season 4Episode 6End30 min
    • Jack Dee

      as Rick Spleen
    • Tony Gardner

    • Rasmus Hardiker

    • Anna Crilly

    • Raquel Cassidy

    • Sean Power