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Rick Spleen is a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer whose career has not gone the way he had planned. Hosting corporate events, appearing on second-rate daytime chat shows and fronting cheap sell-through 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. Whether he is being accused of putting on weight, suspected of being gay or worried about accidentally poisoning another performer, Rick combines a mass or neuroses and petty grievances with a terrible propensity for lying. It is not a recipe for success. Along for the ride is his quick-talking American co-writer Marty, his unflappable partner Mel and his feckless daughter Sam.

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Episode #115
Gas
Mel announces that Magda, their surly East-European help, is moving in with them until her boiler is fixed. Rick fears that it will become a permanent arrangement. Meanwhile, Rick discovers a secret concerning Michael, the deranged cafe owner, and agonises over whether to tell him. When Rick and Mel are invited along to the opening night of Michael's new restaurant, it's a recipe for disaster.
29 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #116
Panda
Rick is invited to feature in a TV series that traces celebrities' family trees. When Marty asks him if they know that Rick Spleen is a stage name, we finally discover what Rick's real name is - and why it caused him so much misery at school. But that's nothing compared to the pain that's in store for Rick when the researchers uncover the devastating truth about his ancestors. Meanwhile, Magda is still waiting for her boiler to be fixed - and Rick is still waiting impatiently for her to move out.
29 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #117
Fax
Rick is a guest on a much-loved radio panel show - and manages to get the worst score of all time. He encounters more problems on the work front when his e-mail system crashes and he has to find someone who still has a fax machine. Meanwhile, Rick's daughter Sam has formed a band with her boyfriend Ben. Rick objects to their loud rehearsals, but when it looks like the imaginatively named 'Ben and Sam' are about to achieve success, he soon changes his tune.
28 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #118
Karma
After a near-death experience, Rick is a changed man. From now on, he plans to embrace the positive and see only the good in people. His new attitude annoys Marty, who predicts it won't last. But Rick even manages to forgive Magda for selling some of his prized possessions at a car-boot sale, and when he lands the lead role in a major TV drama, it looks like fate has rewarded him. Meanwhile, life isn't all roses for Ben and Sam; they have finally decided to split up.
28 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #119
Spikey
Rick and Mel are invited to the theatre by one of her clients. Rick's reluctance increases when he realizes that the hit play they are about to see was written by an ex stand-up who used to appear on the same bill as him. But not even in his worst nightmares could Rick have imagined the humiliating way that the evening ends. Meanwhile, it's looking like Sam and Ben really have split up. Rick isn't that bothered, until it emerges that Sam has been seeing more of Spikey, whom Rick describes as a walking bio-hazard.
29 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #120
Mistake
Mel has to run her agency from home while the office is done up. Rick and Marty are banished to the kitchen. Rick complains at being disturbed by Magda's cleaning activities and by Ben and Sam making samosas to sell at a free festival. When Marty takes a shine to Mel's assistant Izzy, it's turning into a disaster for Rick - until he overhears Mel talking about a lucrative presenting job that one of her clients is up for. He decides that the job should be his.
28 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #121
Pig
Rick's career is at an all-time low: even his idea of writing a novel gets stuck on page one. So when a Sunday newspaper wants to do an 'At Home With' feature about his partner Mel, Rick naturally tries to muscle in on the action. But when he decides that having a pet pig would look good in the photos, Rick proves that if nothing else, he's the prize-winning author of his own downfall.
29 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #122
Dead
Rick lands a job as a presenter on the Bargain Channel - it's Britain's premier shopping channel, as he points out to anyone who will listen. For once, his new job impresses surly East-European help Magda, who is a big fan of the show. His writing partner Marty and local cafe owner Michael are not so easily convinced, but Rick is determined that he's finally found something he's good at. Meanwhile, Rick's daughter Sam and her boyfriend Ben are allegedly looking for work - without ever getting up from the sofa.
28 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #123
Shoddy
Rick's going from strength to strength in his new job as a presenter on the Bargain Channel, but he's not best pleased when Marty takes a shine to his co-presenter, Donna. Rick's neighbour Clive is on the warpath, demanding a refund for an ornamental windmill that his mother bought from the Bargain Channel, but it's Rick's shocking behaviour at a funeral that gets him into real trouble - and threatens to kill off his career for good.
28 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #124
Off
Rick is at his lowest ebb. With no other work on offer, he decides to set up his own stand-up comedy workshop. But the first week's class attracts just five students. Worse still, the second session includes a new wannabe comic - deranged cafe owner Michael. A disastrous session on how to deal with heckling backfires spectacularly, but hope is on the horizon - in the form of an earnest council executive, Libby.
28 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #125
Blade
Having accepted funding from the local council, Rick reluctantly agrees to teach a Stand-up Comedy Workshop in Belford Prison. But this turns out to be one of Rick's worst gigs: he is taken hostage, trapped in the prison library by a knife-wielding prisoner, Donald. Donald is a worrying mixture of charming and psychotic - and worse still for Rick, has a pathological hatred of liars. Can Rick talk his way out of trouble? Will the governors give in to Donald's demands? Or will this be the end of Rick's less-than-stellar career?
29 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #126
End
In the concluding episode, Rick has at last found the fame and success he so desperately craved. Thanks to his ordeal as a hostage, the 'Prison Siege Comic', as he is now known in the tabloids, is on an all-time high. He is inundated with offers - from appearing as a hostage expert on the national news, to featuring in a celebrity survival series. When he is asked to host The Brave Britain Awards in front of a live television audience of millions, Rick thinks all his dreams have finally come true. But, as he prepares to go on stage, it seems that the dream is about to turn into a nightmare.
28 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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