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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Ayoade ...  Dean Learner / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Matt Berry ...  Dr. Lucien Sanchez / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Matthew Holness ...  Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Alice Lowe ...  Madeleine Wool / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Kim Noble Kim Noble ...  Jim 4 episodes, 2004
Julian Barratt ...  Padre 3 episodes, 2004
Matt Green Matt Green ...  Chef's Assistant / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Sarah Kants Sarah Kants ...  Larry's Mother 2 episodes, 2004
Graham Linehan ...  Security Guard 2 episodes, 2004
Stephen Merchant ...  The Chef 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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Official Sites:

Avalon Television | Channel 4 [UK] | See more »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2004 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Romford, Essex, England, UK

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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 »

Quotes

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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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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SINCE WHEN WERE YOU ORTHADOX, RICK?
5 February 2004 | by nujuvSee 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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