Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Season 1 Episode 6

The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth

Aired Thursday 10:30 PM Mar 04, 2004 on Channel 4
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Episode Summary

Dr Sanchez's life is in danger from a patient with a fairly bad cosmic broccoli infection. It's down to Dr Rick Dagless, MD to save his buddy - and the world. Or if all else fails, come up with a delicious way of using excess broccoli. It won't come to that, though.moreless

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  • Sanchez falls in love with a woman who has been infected with cosmoc brocoli

    A relationship develops between sanchez and one of his beautiful female patients.

    But the strage growths on her finger indecaate she is not long for this world.Dagless comes to the conclusion that she is infected by a space vegetable.

    Only boiling her alive can stop her infecting others.

    Unfortunately sanchez has already screwed her rotten.

    Dagless needs to remove his little man in an attempt to save his friends life.Sanchez resists and a fight ensues

    He awakens once the surgery has already been performed.

    Fab episode

    the fight sequence

    the bad special effects

    the idea of having a brocoli infected penis infected.

    A classic of Darkplace like prportions

  • What comedy should be!

    This episode pretty much sums up everything that makes Garth Marenghi's Darkplace great. Poor acting, terrible effects, bizarre script, no real plot, but fantastic humour. Obviously the terrible acting etc is on purpose, but its odd to say it, but the actors do a great job.

    In this episode there are 2 classic scenes for which every Darkplace fan will remember, the cheesy 80's song where Sanchez reveals his real feelings about Liz and the epic fight scene between Sanchez and his 'buddy' Dagless. Both of which are pure comedy but the latter does end with a classic 'pointless shotgun' scene from Reed.

    This episode alongside the pilot are two pinnacles in a great series of original comedy. Definatly something to look into.moreless
Alice Lowe

Alice Lowe

Madeleine Wool / Dr Liz Ascher

Matthew Holness

Matthew Holness

Garth Marenghi / Dr Rick Dagless, M.D.

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

Dean Learner / Thornton Reed

Matt Berry (II)

Matt Berry (II)

Todd Rivers / Dr Lucien Sanchez

Julian Barratt

Julian Barratt


Guest Star

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant

Chef (uncredited)

Guest Star

Jonathan Edwards Young

Jonathan Edwards Young

Chef's assistant (uncredited)

Guest Star

Kim Noble

Kim Noble

Jim (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Thornton Reed: Now if Dag thinks the only way to contain this is to boil her, then I'm behind him one hundred and ten percent. That means I can backtrack ten percent and I'll still be completely behind him.

    • Padre: (to Rick Dagless) You're the most sensitive man I know, and I know god.

    • Garth Marenghi: The broccoli had gone. But the hurt remained.

    • Thornton Reed: I've been there hombre, when I heard my wife died I could barely finish my lunch.

    • Thornton Reed: If he gets word of this my arse is grass and he's got a lawnmower if you know what I mean?

    • Thornton Reed: (after firing a shotgun to break up a bar brawl) Knock it off you two, this is a hospital!

    • Garth Marenghi: Todd is wonderful in this episode. There are scenes with him and me where you are watching him as much as me.

    • Jim: Get me Dr. Rick Dagless MD now!!! (pauses) Yes, I'll hold.

    • Dean Learner: Garth is the most significant artist I've worked with, and I've worked with Lulu, and four other people. we're talking creme de la creme.


      Rick: What are you doing for dinner tonight, Liz?
      Liz: Oh! Erm, nothing really. Why, you asking me out? Preens her hair in a slightly flustered manner
      Rick: No, no, no. Just trying to get some recipe ideas. Finding food a real bore at the moment. Liz looks sheepishly back to the newspaper she was reading
      Sanchez: What I do is, sometimes, get a tin of soup...
      Rick: Yeah?
      Sanchez: Heat it up. Poach an egg in it. Serve that with a pork pie sausage roll.
      Rick: I'll get a Whimpy.
      Sanchez: Your call, Dag.


      Liz: Apparently she was in for a routine operation to have her toe shortened, which was really long like a finger. The next thing she knew this happened. All in all she's a little off colour. Liz, Reed and Rick break in to laughter
      Sanchez: You shut your mouth, Liz!
      Cuts back to Liz with all her make-up running from crying
      Rick: No! You shut your mouth, Sanch! That was funny! If we lose our sense of humour in this place, we might as well kill ourselves.
      Reed: He's right, Sanch. One of the main reasons I went in to medicine was for the laughs. That and the pussy, and that dried up ten year ago, if you pardon the expression.


      Rick: Broccoli? She's turning into Broccoli.


      Rick: Sanch, we know what's up with your meat and two. I saw you in the Gents.
      Sanchez: Mild discomfort, nothing I can't handle.
      Rick: Tell Reed what colour it is!
      Sanchez: Olive green. What of it?
      Rick: Look, we're gonna have to lop it off, otherwise it'll spread. Now I've asked Reed to assist me in the operation.
      Sanchez: That rusty general. He's not been in surgery in ten years.
      Reed: I've had first hand experience. I lost a ball in Korea. Had to do the op myself!


      Kid: Thanks for saving my life.
      Rick: You're welcome little man. (Turns to mother) He's a good kid. You gotta keep him off the Smack though, otherwise this'll keep happening.


      Rick: With this show I wanted to make people laugh and cry...and shit themselves at the same time.

    • Garth: I dont ask much as a horror writer. All I ask is that I change the way that you look at life....

  • NOTES (1)

    • Stephen Merchant reprises his role as the hospital chef in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo near the end of the episode. But since he doesn't speak and his character isn't identified, the joke will be lost on anyone who hasn't seen his previous appearance in episode two.


    • Doctor Who:

      This episode has a relation to the Doctor Who episode, "The Seeds of Doom". In that episode, plant creatures infect humans to change them into plant creatures. And when a blood sample is seen under a microscope, plant bacteria is seen to be growing within it. Here, people are being turned into broccoli creatures, and broccoli is seen to be growing in the microscope sample.

    • H. P. Lovecraft:

      The name of the episode, "The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth" combines several facets of Lovecraft's creeping amoeboid creatures known as Shoggoth, and the living fungoid creatures from the planet Yuggoth, except that in this episode, living broccoli replaces fungus.