Jack Dee returns as world-weary stand-up Rick Spleen in all 8 episodes from the second series of this critically acclaimed comedy. Rick Spleen's back - and as he will tell you, he's on the way up, his career is going from strength to strength and he's never been so popular. In other words, he's still the same old self-deluded liar, making a reasonable living as a C-list celebrity, appearing on low-rent chat shows, performing stand-up at second-rate business bashes and generally hoping for the big break. Luckily, when he's not handing out awards at the Furniture Manufacturers' Conference or being featured as the face of Bar Lizard Peanuts, there's plenty to preoccupy Rick - from the points on his driving license to the shadowy hitman he is convinced is on his tail. On the domestic front, Rick struggles to cope with a bedridden Mel, their daughter Sam and her boyfriend Ben constantly cadging money, and a resignation from the ever morose housekeeper Magda. He gets no help from his quick-talking American writing partner Marty or the local cafe owner Michael, whose grasp on reality seems to be getting ever looser. All this and a run-in with a children's entertainer famous for his giant inflatable spanner...
- Lead Balloon: Series 2 review by JD
It is usually pretty much the end of a dazzling career when a successful stand up comedian does their own TV show. But this is a well written sit-com with some glorious English comedy talent. Spleen's daughter Sam is just world class as a 20-ish student. Magda the housekeeper is played so well you cannot describe it. To be frank Jack Dee is the weak link, his acting skills are fair and he is outshone. The script is held back just to keep his stand up persona in the character of Spleen. A lot of his right wing rants, arrogance and deceitfulness would have to be played by a much more endearing actor to be funny, say Michael Palin. As it stands it is as cringey as Alan Partridge. I thought about a 4 star because of this but the rest is just too good.
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