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)
Graham Linehan ...
 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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Dr. Rick Dagless: My name is Doctor Rick Dagless, M.D.
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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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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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