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 #187 | 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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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 »

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[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

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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Referenced in Darkplace Illuminatum (2006) See more »

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say you were there first time round - watch it now
16 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I wasn't fully sure what to expect and nearly didn't watch it at all, that would have been a mistake. Three episodes in and I'm hooked and I'm slowly working on all my friends too as it would be a shame if this slipped by without getting the audience it deserves. I was a bit concerned after the first episode that the jokes would quickly wear a bit thin but this hasn't proved to be the case. I don't think it will be everyone's cup of tea but well worth trying because if it is you're in for one of the funnier half hours of television you'll see all week.


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