Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace is a wonderfully stupid but very sinister cult comedy classic. It aired in January 2004 so celebrated it’s tenth anniversary at the start of this year. Sadly, the show only ran for one series but I want to relive the chaos of Dark Place with you. This new weekly feature will see a short analysis of an episode each week and I hope it will either help you to remember the things you loved about the show or even introduce you to something you may never have watched.
Darkplace is a medical drama based in Romford; talked through to the audience by the writer of the show’s screenplay, Garth Marenghi. It features a cast full of wonderful comedic actors, many who have also worked on The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd.
The immediate cast include Matthew Holness as “author, dream weaver, visionary, plus actor”, Garth Marenghi, who plays the part of “maverick doctor”, Rick Dagless M.D; Richard Ayoade as Garth’s manager, Dean Learner and also as his role of Thornton Reed, Dagless’ boss and Matt Berry as horror film star, Todd Rivers and his character, “hot shot surgeon”, Lucien Sanchez. Finally, Alice Lowe has the part of Madeleine Wool, a mysterious actress who later disappeared, who plays the part of Liz Asher, psychic lady doctor.
In addition to this, there are many other familiar faces that pop up, including Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Kim Noble, Stephen Merchant and Graham Linehan.
Many shocking and disturbing things happen in Darkplace Hospital, including a portal to Hell being opened underneath the building, a contaminated water supply resulting in people turning into apes and the arrival of Skipper the Eyechild. Is any further explanation needed? Stay tuned for a look into each episode of this brilliant show with Garth Marenghi, Revisited.