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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 #204 | 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Dean Learner / ... 6 episodes, 2004
...  Dr. Lucien Sanchez / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Matthew Holness ...  Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. / ... 6 episodes, 2004
...  Madeleine Wool / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Kim Noble ...  Jim 4 episodes, 2004
...  Padre 3 episodes, 2004
Matt Green ...  Chef's Assistant / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Sarah Kants ...  Larry's Mother 2 episodes, 2004
...  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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Comedy | Fantasy

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Avalon Television | Channel 4 [UK] |  »

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29 January 2004 (UK)  »

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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 »

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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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Spoofs The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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1980's TV at its funniest
9 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a comedy spoofing the best and worst of TV from the 1980's. Garth Marenghi is a horror writer who created a show during the 1980's so deep and meaningful that the networks banished it to storage. Now in 2004 the vaults have been opened unleashing it for the world to enjoy. By taking inspiration from classic shows including "Twin Peaks" and "The A Team" a fantastic show has been created. It centers on a Hospital where the docs carry guns and fight supernatural beings. The scripts are deliberately cheesy, the editing is poor and the acting is very wooden. But that is what makes it so funny. There are even those alwful end tags popular with American shows were the main characters laugh at some rubbish joke. If you lived during the 1980's you must see this!


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