8.5/10
13,104
59 user 19 critic

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.
Reviews
Popularity
2,915 ( 131)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2004  
Top Rated TV #197 | 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Man to Man with Dean Learner (TV Series 2006)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Live from his luxury apartment in London's glittering East End, Dean Learner (Club owner, Celebrity Manager, Entrepreneur and Publisher of high-class gentleman's magazines) invites you to meet some of his closest friends, Man to Man.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness, Satu Suominen
Snuff Box (TV Series 2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two hangmen (Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher) compete for women, money and happiness, venturing deeper in the ocean of depravity than any friends should in a whiskey-fuelled, cross-cultural friendship.

Stars: Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher, Terry Wade
The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil (in series 1) and pursuing a career as musicians and living with the mystic Naboo ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding
Brass Eye (1997–2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon
Darkplace Illuminatum (Video 2006)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Garth Marenghi, Dean Learner and Todd Rivers are interviewed about working on Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness
Nathan Barley (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.

Stars: Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan
AD/BC: A Rock Opera (TV Movie 2004)
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An all-singing, all-dancing, star-spangled musical leap around the biblical story of the Nativity, set in 1972. With a comic twist, this familiar story is brought to life through the eyes ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Matt Berry, Julia Davis, Julian Barratt
Toast of London (TV Series 2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Steven Toast, an eccentric middle aged actor with a chequered past, spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it

Stars: Matt Berry, Shazad Latif, Robert Bathurst
Horrificata Illuminata (Video 2006)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Garth Marenghi, Dean Learner and Todd Rivers are interviewed about working on Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness
I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Alan Partridge a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programed on local radio in Norwich.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Phil Cornwell, Simon Greenall
Spaced (1999–2001)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin
Jam (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Amelia Bullmore, David Cann
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
...
 Dr. Lucien Sanchez / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Matthew Holness ...
...
 Madeleine Wool / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Kim Noble ...
...
Matt Green ...
 Chef's Assistant / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Sarah Kants ...
 Larry's Mother 2 episodes, 2004
Graham Linehan ...
 Security Guard 2 episodes, 2004
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From the best-selling master of darkness

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 January 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Darkplace  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits are all in an 80s style and use the old Channel 4 logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Man to Man with Dean Learner: Garth Marenghi (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A different, inventive and, most importantly, hilarious comedy. Shows there is still hope for TV.
7 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Hospital horror Dark Place is the creation of awful writer Garth Marenghi (Matthew Holness), who wrote, directed and starred. He claims it is deep and inspirational, when in fact it is just shoddy and awful.

Darkplace isn't joke orientated, its the terrible production and acting that provides all the laughs, that mainly come from Garth's publisher, Dean Learner (Richard Ayocade) who plays the hospital boss Thornton Reed. His inability to do two things at once when it comes to acting (for example deliver a line and hang up a phone) is hilarious to watch.

Some of the highlights include a "dirt bike" chase through a forest (using tiny children's bicycles), a doctor being attacked by a steam iron and another being chased by a possessed stapler, a woman turning into broccoli and Dean Learner trying to justify how he punched a child actor. However, you have to see it to realize how funny it really is, my words can't do enough.

Darkplace won't appeal to everyone's tastes, but still it looks like it will probably be a cult hit. If its ever repeated, its worth a look just to see what you think. It provides a refreshing change from awful reality TV and soap operas.

I, for one, can't wait for the DVD and/or a second batch of episodes "from the Channel 4 vaults". I give it a solid 10/10.


70 of 77 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 59 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Steven Spielberg's Most Mind-Blowing Easter Eggs

"The IMDb Show" takes a look at the new trailer for Ready Player One and breaks down director Steven Spielberg's five greatest Easter eggs of all time. Plus, we connect the dots between IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017.

Watch now