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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace 

This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell.
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Top Rated TV #215 | 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Ayoade ...  Dean Learner / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Matt Berry ...  Dr. Lucien Sanchez / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Matthew Holness Matthew Holness ...  Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Alice Lowe ...  Madeleine Wool / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Kim Noble Kim Noble ...  Jim 4 episodes, 2004
Julian Barratt ...  Padre 3 episodes, 2004
Matt Green Matt Green ...  Chef's Assistant / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Sarah Kants Sarah Kants ...  Larry's Mother 2 episodes, 2004
Graham Linehan ...  Security Guard 2 episodes, 2004
Stephen Merchant ...  The Chef 2 episodes, 2004
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Storyline

In the 1980s horror writer Garth Marenghi wrote, produced, directed and starred in Darkplace, a groundbreaking series set in a hospital and exploring the depths of the author's imagination. At least that's what Marenghi and his publicist/co-star, Dean Learner, claim in modern-day interviews which both bookend and interrupt the episodes. In fact the show is cheap, chiché'd, full of gaping plot holes and startlingly misogynist. Garth Marenghi is a creation of comedian Matthew Holness, who won a Perrier award with the character at the 2001 Edinburgh festival. Written by Richard Smeltzer

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From the best-selling master of darkness

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Official Sites:

Avalon Television | Channel 4 [UK] | See more »

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Darkplace See more »

Filming Locations:

Romford, Essex, England, UK

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Stereo

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Trivia

Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry and Noel Fielding have significant roles in the show 'The IT Crowd' and all 3 star in this, with Noel having a small cameo in episode 4. The creator of The IT Crowd Graham Linehan also has a small role in episode 3 as a security guard. Alice Lowe who plays Liz Asher has a small role in the episode 50/50 on The IT Crowd. See more »

Quotes

Dean Learner: She was like a candle in the wind... unreliable.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits of each episode the music featured in that particular episode plays, most notably in episode six "The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth" when the song "One Track Lover" plays during the credits. See more »

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Innovative and refreshing
5 February 2004 | by Chris DillholeSee all my reviews

I watched this show with trepidation expecting it to be another hit and miss, or even plain miss, of a mini-series. I was more then pleasantly suprised when the show proved not only to be hilarious but a much needed break from the vapid 'reality' shows that have come to expunge any palatability from our viewing pleasure. The 'bad acting', or 'showing the truth' as Garth puts it, is amazingly funny. This is especially true in the character of Garth's boss and the chef (The Office's Stephan Merchant). Overall, it can tend to be a bit tedious by the end but at the moment it is hysterical and I can't wait to see where they go from here.


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