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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Thornton: I need to crack this, Dag, cos if not, Won Ton will be all over me like knockers in a wind tunnel.
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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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I bloody dare you!
27 April 2004 | by (Bournemouth, England) – See all my reviews

All hail Garth Marenghi (Matthew Holness), his creation "Darkplace" is true comic genius. In my estimation it is right up there with the likes of "Brass Eye", "Jam", "League of Gentlemen" and "The Office".

Although this programme may not be suitable for all audiences i.e. people who don't understand or appreciate great comedy when it comes along and would rather watch "My Family". This is the ultimate for fans of contemporary comedy, shows that look to push the boundaries and limitations of the human mind.

I dare you, or maybe not you but anyone who hasn't seen Darkplace yet to watch it. It will develop you as a human being.

Oh and by the way i was hooked on Darkplace after 1 minute.


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