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

Channel 4 sitcom spoof of 1980s TV. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2004. Stars Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Alice Lowe and Kim Noble.

Series 1

1. Once Upon A Beginning

First broadcast: Thursday 29th January 2004

Garth Marenghi, the world-famous horror author, introduces his long-lost television project: a haunting medial drama set in Romford. New doctor Liz Asher is tipped off by a psychic cat that there's darkness in Darkplace. So, when a patient mysteriously dies, Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. must scalpel-up and fight The Forces of Evil (which involves attempting to close a standard-sized hell-mouth beneath Romford). Contains mild swearing and the naked top-half of a man.


2. Hell Hath Fury

First broadcast: Thursday 5th February 2004

When the hospital chef is savagely attacked by a ladle, all eyes point to an unknown attacker at loose in the wards. But why are objects flying about of their own accord, attacking innocent civilians and disrupting hospital procedure? Dr. Rick Dagless M.D., played by Garth Marenghi himself, bravely investigates.


3. Skipper The Eye Child

First broadcast: Thursday 12th February 2004

The past is stirring in the halls of Darkplace, and for Dr. Rick Dagless M.D., that means Trouble. With a capital T (the rest of the letters lowercase). Something long dead has been reborn on 'B' Wing. Is it a macabre sign, a terrible warning, or a sacred gift from the gods? What's certain is that it is a giant eye. A journey of discovery lies ahead for both of them... Garth Marenghi, the Titan of Terror, introduces this lyrical episode of his hospital horror drama.


4. The Apes Of Wrath

First broadcast: Thursday 19th February 2004

Monkey business most macabre... A terrible sickness is spreading from ward to ward as humans regress to a primal state. Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. must find out what's releasing the beast within us, and fast, i.e. before it's too late. A cautionary fable from Romford's 'Chaplain o'Chill'.


5. Scotch Mist

First broadcast: Thursday 26th February 2004

A strange killer mist surrounds Darkplace, tartanning the hides of unwary travellers while phantom bagpipes play on, regardless. Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. must face more than the music as he unravels the secret behind its sudden appearance. The answer, when it comes, lies a little too close to home, even though Romford would seem a safe enough distance from Glenrothes.


6. The Creeping Moss From The Shores Of Shuggoth

First broadcast: Thursday 4th March 2004

Garth Marenghi, Romford's Crown Prince of Darkness, introduces the last episode in his hospital-based horror series. Dr. Sanchez falls in love with a patient infected with cosmic broccoli, but when it threatens to spread Dr. Rick Dagless M.D. is forced to intervene. Trouble is, love is blind, and the only eye Sanchez has open is at the end of a trouser snake. Can Dagless save his buddy and the world? (Yes, he can.)