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Taking the Flak

Episode 2: Black Gold, Code Red

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Sitcom with Martin Jarvis and Doon Mackichan. In London, new desk jockey Alex sparks a panic among the BBC team in war-torn Karibu by declaring a Code Red. Show more

Contributors

David Bradburn:
Martin Jarvis
Jane Thomason:
Doon Mackichan
Harry Chambers:
Bruce Mackinnon
Margaret Hollis:
Joanna Brookes
Joyful Sifuri:
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Alexander:
Harry Lloyd
Candida:
Ruby Wax
Newsreader:
Emily Maitlis
Director:
Jon Rolph
Director:
Adam Miller
Producer:
Jon Rolph
Writer:
Jon Rolph

Saturday Drama

Robert M Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

4 Extra Debut. A father and son's motorcycle trip across 1960s America - a meditation on values, and evaluating the past. Stars James Purefoy. Show more

Doctors

Series 12

Episode 81: Kiss and Make Up

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Medical drama series. Will revenge taste sweet for Zara as she sets out to expose a love cheat promoting a new relationship self-help book? Show more

Contributors

Dr Zara Carmichael:
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh
Dr Simon Bond:
David Sturzaker
Mitsy Compton:
Emily Bowker
Derek Compton:
Sean Power
Julia Parsons:
Diane Keen
Karen Hollins:
Jan Pearson
Felicity Mayhew:
Allyson Ava-Brown
Producer:
Ella Kelly
Producer:
Mike Hobson
Alexis Ford:
Amanda Royle

Lead Balloon

Series 4

Episode 1: Pig

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Sitcom. When a Sunday newspaper wants to do an 'At Home With' feature about Rick's partner Mel, he naturally tries to muscle in on the action. Show more

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Series 4

Episode 4: Off

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom. With no other work on offer, Rick decides to set up his own stand-up comedy workshop. But the first week's class attracts just five students. Show more

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Series 4

Episode 5: Blade

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom. Rick reluctantly agrees to teach a Stand-up Comedy Workshop in Belford Prison, but he is taken hostage by a knife-wielding prisoner. Show more

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Series 4

Episode 6: End

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom. Rick has at last found the fame and success he so desperately craved thanks to his ordeal as a hostage, and he is asked to host The Brave Britain Awards. Show more

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Series 2

Episode 6: Debacle

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Sitcom. Rick hosts an event for a pharmaceutical company. His stand-up goes down surprisingly well, but some of his ill-advised gags have far-reaching consequences. Show more

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Series 2

Episode 8: Lucky

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Sitcom about an ex-celebrity comedian. Rick accuses Marty of lacking ambition, but a call from Hollywood changes everything - is this Rick's chance to leave it all behind? Show more

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Series 2

Episode 7: Rita

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Sitcom. Rick lands a cameo in a film, appearing alongside a Hollywood starlet. When it turns out that Michael's father is her biggest fan, Rick promises to get her autograph. Show more

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Series 3

Episode 1: Gas

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen starring Jack Dee. Mel announces that Magda, their surly East-European help, is moving in with them until her boiler is fixed. Show more

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Series 3

Episode 2: Panda

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about comedian Rick Spleen. When Rick features in a TV series that traces celebrities' family trees, his real name is revealed - and why it caused him misery at school. Show more

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Series 3

Episode 3: Fax

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen. Rick gets the worst score ever on a much-loved radio panel show. Then his e-mail crashes and he's forced to find a fax machine. Show more

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Series 3

Episode 4: Karma

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen. A near-death experience makes Rick a changed man. From now on, he plans to embrace the positive and see only the good in people. Show more

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Series 2

Episode 3: Points

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen. Rick gets caught speeding again. Three more points on his licence will be a ban, so he tries to persuade Mel to take the blame. Show more

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Series 2

Episode 4: Idiot

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen. Rick agrees to front a TV charity appeal for a worthy cause, and is asked to be a guest on a former ice skater's new show. Show more

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Series 3

Episode 6: Mistake

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen. Rick overhears Mel talking about a lucrative presenting job one of her clients is up for and decides the job should be his. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 1: Rubbish

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan. Rick fronts a government TV recycling campaign which backfires spectacularly. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 2: Wayne

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan. Rick is suffering from insomnia caused by an extremely noisy paperboy. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 3: 5000 Pounds

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan. Rick gets into a punch-up at an awards ceremony. Show more

Contributors

Rick Spleen:
Jack Dee
Graham McLean:
Ian Ashpitel
Michael:
Tony Gardner
Community Support Officer:
Owen Brazendale
Writer:
Jack Dee