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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Essential episodes: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

If the world were to end in thirty minutes time I've no doubt that many people would want to spend it watching one last episode of the show, at least if they wanted to go out laughing. But which one should be watched? It's an argument which has troubled humanity for many decades, or minutes, it's definitely one or the other, but for my money if you're a Darkplace fan your last seconds on this planet would be best spent watching the second episode, "Hell Hath Fury".

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 10th June 2021

How Garth Marenghi found his Darkplace

Our series exploring the stage origins of hit comedies continues with the cult hospital horror show that scared up audiences to become a fringe sensation.

Rachael Healy, The Guardian, 24th February 2021

The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century

The Thick Of It is the highest rated British comedy in fourth place. Also listed: The Office (6), Fleabag (8), Peep Show (9), Nighty Night (16), Black Mirror (23), Spaced (29), Catastrophe (34), Brass Eye (37), Detectorists (38), Nathan Barley (47), Black Books (53), Inside No. 9 (66), Shameless (70), The Inbetweeners (74), Gavin and Stacey (81), Fresh Meat (86), Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (92), The Trip (95) and The Mighty Boosh (98).

The Guardian, 16th September 2019

How the Edinburgh Fringe transformed TV comedy

As the Edinburgh Fringe begins again, we examine how the festival spawned shows like Taskmaster, Fleabag, and The League Of Gentlemen...

Mark Harrison, Den Of Geek, 2nd August 2019

13 modern TV comedies set in the 80s and 90s

Here are thirteen other modern TV comedies set in the recent past...

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 16th February 2018

Five classic comedies that owe a debt to TLOG

The taboo-busting grotesques of Royston Vasey were a breath of fresh air when they first appeared on stage 20 years ago quickly followed by appearances on BBC Radio and TV. Here are the shows that might not have existed in the same way without them...

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 18th December 2017

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

Great TV sitcoms that started at the Edinburgh Fringe

Here are seven sitcoms that would never have made it to our screens if it weren't for the Fringe.

Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph, 18th August 2016

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