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, Episode 1 - Once Upon A Beginning

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.

Broadcast details

Thursday 29th January 2004
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Matthew Holness Garth Marenghi / Dr. Rick Dagless M.D.
Richard Ayoade Dean Learner / Thornton Reed
Matt Berry Todd Rivers / Dr. Lucien Sanchez
Alice Lowe Madeleine Wool / Dr. Liz Asher
Kim Noble Jim
Guest cast
Julian Barratt Padre
Stuart Silver Actor
Sarah Kants Actor
Lawrence Michelowski Actor
Daniel Riste Actor
Writing team
Matthew Holness Writer
Richard Ayoade Writer
Production team
Richard Ayoade Director
Charlie Hanson Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer

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