Rick Spleen is a world-weary comedian who ends up doing far too many corporate jobs to pay the bills.
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Series cast summary:
Jack Dee ...  Rick Spleen 27 episodes, 2006-2011
Raquel Cassidy ...  Mel 26 episodes, 2006-2011
Sean Power ...  Marty 26 episodes, 2006-2011
Anna Crilly ...  Magda 26 episodes, 2006-2011
Antonia Campbell-Hughes ...  Sam 26 episodes, 2006-2011
Rasmus Hardiker ...  Ben 26 episodes, 2006-2011
Tony Gardner ...  Michael 26 episodes, 2006-2011
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Rick Spleen is a world-weary comedian who ends up doing far too many corporate jobs to pay the bills.

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4 October 2006 (UK) See more »

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Rick Spleen: You know what Mel told me about Michael? She found out he used to work in the City, had a complete nervous breakdown, completely flipped out, had to give it up, wanted to do something else so he opened this place instead.
Marty: You Brits, you don't know how to do nervous breakdowns properly! In the States, you have a nervous breakdown, you don't open up a whole food restaurant. No, no, you become a bum. You live on the streets, you put all your stuff in a shopping cart, you pick food outta garbage ...
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Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.7 (2006) See more »

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Deadpan is back.
7 November 2006 | by ce8ctdowSee all my reviews

Forget Catherine Tate, Two pints of lager and Little Britain, this is comedy gold.

Do not not expect slapstick, this is the art of observational understatement. Nobody could play this part better than Jack Dee.

Rick Spleen is the slightly paranoid Brit, lacking a bit of confidence but willing to nick anybodies good idea and shamefully claim the credit. When he's invariably found out he's the little boy who's been caught red-handed and desperately looks for any excuse no matter how improbable to justify his actions. Marty is his writing partner, the up and at-em American egging him on, pushing Rick further than he wants to go knowing it will get him into trouble. As ever its the women who are the moral compasses, his other half Mel and Magda the East European housekeeper.

A couple of the characters could be fleshed out. Without doubt Magda has more to offer than the "you think that's bad, its worse in my country" caricature and just why is ex-city banker Michael running a cafe selling pasta and brown rice? Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.


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