Great TV you may have missed: Lead Balloon.

Lead Balloon.

Lead Balloon.

“Lead Balloon”, co-written by and starring stand-up comedian Jack Dee, is a BBC produced show about about C-grade celebrity comedian Rick Spleen and his frustrations with his life and only moderate success.

The cast is superb, with particular note going to Anna Crilly as his dead-pan Eastern European cleaner Magda, and Tony Gardner as the snap-at-any-moment local cafe owner Michael.

The show was continuously compared in its four season run to “Curb your enthusiasm”, which is understandable given Spleen’s ability to get himself into humiliating situations, but that takes away from its own charms.

A treat if you haven’t seen it.¬†All four seasons are out on DVD.

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