Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Channel 4 (ended 2004)





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  • Hilarious comedy, like nothing you've ever seen before. The best comedy ever shown on television.

    Most of you should already know Garth Marenghi(author, dreamweaver, visionary, plus actor) from his extensive cannon of chillers, including 'Afterbirth,' (a mutated placenta attacks Bristol), 'The Ooze' (can water die?) and 'Black Fang' (rats learn to drive).

    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is a comedy set in a hospital in pre-apocalyptic Romford, Essex, which is situated over the gates of Hell.

    Back in the 1980s, around 50 episodes were made, but were banned. In Marenghi's words, “MI8, which is actually three levels above MI6, pulled the plug. And they did it because I knew the truth. They had files on everyone. But mainly on me.” The show did, however, enjoy a brief run in Peru.

    This, of course, is just all part of fun. The show was really filmed very recently, but due to it being set in the 80s, they could manage to do the best part of the show - exaggeration. All of the doctors carry guns, the acting is awful, the script is terrible and there is rubbish dubbing. All of this is obviously intended, and adds to the pure brilliance of the show.

    I just cannot praise this programme enough. It's such a shame that it got a poor time slot when it was originally shown and not that many people have seen it. It is certainly much better than churned out "Americanised" comedy like 'My Family' and 'My Hero'.

    And remember, Marenghi doesn't ask for much, he just hopes that, after watching Darkplace, you change the way you think about life.

    10/10 Absolutely perfect!