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.

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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace: a 'lost classic'

It's hard to believe that Garth Marenghi's Darkplace first screened on Channel 4 a full 13 years ago.

Alex Nelson, i Newspaper, 11th May 2017

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace: reviewing the sci-fi spoof

At its core, Darkplace is the ultimate lampoon of low-production-value paranormal horror shows.

Alex Carchidi, Sci-Fi Addicts, 16th January 2017

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Rewind: "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" revisited

A decade after it originally aired, we take a look back at Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Channel 4's spoof of bad 80's horror television.

John Larkin, Cult Box, 29th October 2015

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was weird, but also truly original and brilliantly funny. A show-within-a-show, it saw Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade's popular Edinburgh Fringe character, the eponymous horror writer and egomaniac (played by Holness), present his fictional, never-aired TV show, intercut with interviews with cast and crew. It captured the spirit of hammy Eighties action shows, with acting and special effects appalling enough to make Ed Wood look like Steven Spielberg. Being aired late at night with very little advertising actually worked in the show's favour: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace became the true "lost classic" that Marenghi himself always proclaimed it to be.

Chris Taylor, The Telegraph, 13th September 2014

The cast of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace: 10 years on

What have Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, Alice Lowe and Matt Berry been up to in the decade since Garth Marenghi's Darkplace?

Sarah Dobbs, Den Of Geek, 3rd April 2014