Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004– )

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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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 Dean Learner / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
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 Dr. Lucien Sanchez / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
Matthew Holness ...
 Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
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 Madeleine Wool / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
Kim Noble ...
 Jim (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Padre (3 episodes, 2004)
Matt Green ...
 Chef's Assistant / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
Sarah Kants ...
 Larry's Mother (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Security Guard (2 episodes, 2004)
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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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The series was shown in 2004 on the UK's Channel 4 network, but a second series was never commissioned due to low ratings. However over the next few years the series gained a considerable cult following via word-of-mouth and the Internet. Renewed interest in the show led to it being released on DVD and subsequent airings in the US on the Sci-Fi and Adult Swim networks. Currently fans are petitioning for a second season of the show. See more »

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Dean Learner: She was like a candle in the wind... unreliable.
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The credits are all in an 80s style and use the old Channel 4 logo. See more »

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SINCE WHEN WERE YOU ORTHADOX, RICK?
5 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Imagine a place between tuseday and purple - between the eighties and chest wigs. Now think back to Saphire and Steel, Deathwatch and certain episodes of Dr Who. Welcome... to Darkplace

Dodgy effects (forgivable - and amusing) and dodgy scripts (unforgivable - and hysterical) ruled the roost shamelessly and here they are aped to the max. I've only seen the first episode (as well as the 'Official' Garth Marenghi website) and I screamed in a miasmous catatony - I gaped shudderously at the incomprehousity of the spectacle - I laughed till I stopped laughing. It's looking good - and I hope it's a short run, as these things can be flogged silly.

As it stands, it is refreshingly sarcastic about nerd orientated broadcasting - and amazingly would stand as a series from the period. Whiffs of Michael Mann, William Friedkin, HP Lovecraft, Starsky & Hutch and hospital based soaps should have folk wincing and laughing till doomsday.

Plot snippets so far: the guy went axe happy in a trout farm. Nuff said.


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