Oct. 2006
30 min.
BBC TWO TV Network

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Jack Dee stars as Rick Spleen, a successful but disillusioned and world-weary stand-up comedian and writer who spends too much time hosting corporate events.

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Rick is a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer, whose career has not gone the way he planned. Hosting corporate events, appearing on second-rate daytime chat shows and fronting cheap DVDs was not what he dreamed of as a young man.

Worse still, he's stuck with a lousy stage name that he chose 20 years ago. His real name, Rick Shaw, isn't much better though!

Rick combines a mass of neuroses and petty grievances with a terrible propensity for lying.

Rick's very tight with his money - the only person who manages to extract any cash from him is his teenage daughter Sam. Rick tries to save money wherever he can - whether it be forging his tax disc, stealing cutlery from Michael's cafe or badly self-engraving a christening present, he'll go to any effort to save a couple of quid. The trouble is Rick is in the public eye and so rarely gets away with his penny-pinching!

You suspect that, if it wasn't for co-writer Marty, Rick wouldn't have any standup material at all. Rick can often be heard repeating funny lines that he has heard earlier in the day to Mel and Marty, but pretending that they are his own original jokes.

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