Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Image shows from L to R: Todd Rivers / Dr. Lucien Sanchez (Matt Berry), Dean Learner / Thornton Reed (Richard Ayoade), Garth Marenghi / Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. (Matthew Holness), Madeleine Wool / Dr. Liz Asher (Alice Lowe). Copyright: Avalon Television
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2004
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

In this inventive spoof of 1980s TV, author Garth Marenghi introduces his long-lost drama about a doctor battling evil forces. Stars Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Alice Lowe and Kim Noble

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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Garth Marenghi / Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. (Matthew Holness). Copyright: Avalon Television

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2004
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
6 (1 series)
Creators
Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade
Stars
Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Alice Lowe and Kim Noble
Writers
Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade
Director
Richard Ayoade
Producers
Charlie Hanson, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner
Company

A cult series which aimed to spoof the fantasy horror genre and mock low-budget 1980s TV dramas.

The series sees horror author Garth Marenghi (Matthew Holness) introducing the first UK broadcast of his 'terrifying and radical' 1980s TV drama Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. is a maverick doctor battling against the evil forces lurking beneath a hospital in Romford. He is assisted by Dr. Lucien Sanchez, Dr. Liz Asher and hospital boss Thornton Reed.

The 'archive' episodes broadcast are inter-spliced with recent interviews conducted with three of the drama's key players - Marenghi himself, his publisher, business associate and co-star, Dean Learner (Richard Ayoade) and cult horror star Todd Rivers (Matt Berry). Madeleine Wool (Alice Lowe), who played Dr. Liz Asher when the show was filmed in the 1980s, doesn't seem to be around to take part in the documentary though.

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Also known as
  • Darkplace
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 29th January 2004 at 10:35pm on Channel 4
Most recent repeats
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 2:05am on Gold - Episode 4
  • Monday 19th November 2018 at 11:40pm on Gold - Episode 5
  • Monday 19th November 2018 at 1:40am on Gold - Episode 6

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