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A British comedy series following the misadventures of a cynical, disillusioned stand-up comedian.
Premiered: October 4, 2006
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Rick is even more fed-up than usual. He is sick and tired of doing endless corporate gigs. He accuses his writer Marty of lacking ambition. But a call from Hollywood changes everything. It looks like the big break has come at last - but will it mean the end of Rick and Marty's working relationship? Meanwhile, one of Mel's clients is going through a divorce, Ben and Sam start their own dog-walking business and, even more alarmingly, Michael the café owner has started going to 'cuddle parties'. Could this really be Rick's chance to leave it all behind?
Rick lands a cameo role in a film, appearing alongside a famous Hollywood legend. When it turns out that Michael's father is her biggest fan, Rick promises to get her autograph for him - a task that proves easier said than done. Things at Mel's work are less glamorous - one of her clients is presenting a new series of Geriatric Ward. Meanwhile on the domestic front, things grind to a halt as Rick has to deal with a sluggish football-obsessed electrician.
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. Meanwhile, one of Mel's clients is presenting a new holiday show, What Not To Pack. When Rick discovers that Michael, the local café owner, is going on a metal-detecting weekend, he suggests he should be on the show. But Rick soon has bigger things to worry about, as he suddenly finds himself propelled into the spotlight - as public enemy number one.
With Mel confined to bed with flu, Rick offers to field her work calls but he soon finds himself spectacularly out of his depth. In any case, he would rather be working on Lying Or Flying, the game show idea that he and Marty are trying to pitch to a broadcaster. Magda too is ill, but insists on turning up with some of her special home-made soup for Mel. Meanwhile, Michael is holding a Third World Awareness Day at his café, and Sam and Ben try to persuade Rick to buy a T-shirt for the same cause. But it is one of Mel's clients who provides Rick with the biggest headache.
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- Premiered: October 4, 2006
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- Premise: A British comedy series following the misadventures of a cynical, disillusioned stand-up comedian. (more)
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