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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 #216 | 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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Color
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Trivia

Every actor in this series, even the extras, also appear in The Mighty Boosh, except for Matthew Hollness (Garth Marenghi). Matthew, however, was the original actor for Dixon Bainbridge in the Mighty Boosh live shows before it was adapted to TV. See more »

Quotes

[Opening lines:]
Garth Marenghi: I'm Garth Marenghi. Author. Dreamweaver. Visionary. Plus actor. You're about to enter the world of my imagination. You are entering my Darkplace.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are all in an 80s style and use the old Channel 4 logo. See more »

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User Reviews

Best UK show on TV at the moment.
26 February 2004 | by ShadowKnuxxSee all my reviews

When The show 'Little Britain' ended, I felt that TV was lacking in any hilarious new comedies. Then I saw an advert for 'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace' so I decided to watch it.

Since then I've been hooked, I have never seen anything like this show before. It is truly amazing. This proves that you don't need clever scripts, great acting or impressive special effects.

Highlights for me include, Episode 4's bike chase, Episode 1's graveyard shootout and well, pretty much the entire show.

This show is pure comic genious.

I'll finish with a quote...

"She was like a candle in the wind ... unreliable"


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