Garth Marenghi's Darkplace 1 Season 2003

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Season 1
(177) IMDb 7.9/10

1. Once Upon a Beginning AGES_15_AND_OVER

When Dr Liz Asher arrives for her first day at Darkplace Hospital, she receives an ominous vision: blood, guts, a real horror show. Ball-busting boss Thornton Reed wants this resolved, and in a manner that is strictly orthodox. Contains mild swearing and the naked top-half of a man.

Starring:
Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry
Runtime:
23 minutes

Once Upon a Beginning

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Comedy, Horror
Director Richard Ayoade
Starring Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry
Supporting actors Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe, Stephen Merchant
Season year 2003
Network 4OD
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Oct 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I caught this when it aired on channel 4 and was surprised at how funny and original and genius it was. All this and barely any adverts to tell you it was on? Whats going on?

Well that was a mistake for channel 4 as from what I gathered, hardly anyone saw it. Well now is your chance to catch on to one of the best comedy programes since the office.

Witty, sketchy, fast paced and with its tongue firmly in cheek, this will entertain even the most mundane of viewers. You cant help but laugh at the dodgy lip-syncing and 80's hairstyles. Or the amateur effects and flimsy sets. Of course this all adds to the overall affect the painfully short series has. (only six episodes).

This really is worth taking a look at, as it is one of the gems that was shamfully overlooked, but is all the better for it! I like the fact there is only one series, but wouldnt say no any future plans! Just remember, this is the scariest program you will EVER see!!!!!!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samanitio_DelToro on 18 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
Some people will watch this and say " i don't get! ", others will say is a comedy masterpiece, i as you can see by my stars think the latter.
You just don't often get a comedy that makes you laugh on so many levels.
I watched it first when it was on channel 4 years ago, and admit i though at the very beginning it was really an old 80's show, but after about a minute your sides are splitting with Garth Marenghi's reading of one of his terrible horror novels.
Honestly if you watch the first 5 minutes and don't laugh, turn it off as you ain't gonna get it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phippster on 26 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
I was one of the lucky few who stumbled across this amazing and unique Channel 4 series in 2004. Darkplace is a bizarre but brilliant spoof and is a show that is completely deserving of it's cult status... I'm glad to see it has survived Channel 4's appalling indifference to a show it commissioned then abandoned (boo and hiss directed at them in equal measure). Starring Matt Holness (son of Blockbuster's Bob), Richard Ayoade, Matt 'One Track Lover' Berry and the lovely and gorgeous Alice Lowe (widow of Arthur), Darkplace really did (does?) deserve a second series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shane Stevens on 22 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
Having only recently discovered the Darkplace DVD, I decided that I must possess it so I could watch the episodes in the quality and style deserving of a product from the mind Merenghi -- and the first thing I must say is this DVD is NOT lacking for features. Read on!

Upon opening the box, you're greeted with a booklet giving the uninitiated a run down of the series, the cast, and the circumstances surrounding its
sudden disappearance in the 80's (it enjoyed a brief run in Peru) and triumphant re-release to the masses in 2004.

The DVD itself sports a load of wonderful features, including interviews with Garth Merenghi, Todd Rivers, and Dean Learner who go into great depth about the circumstances surrounding filming, the various cast members, some unfortunate and fortunate deaths (such as the disappearance and strongly suspected death of Madeleine Wool) and many anecdotes including the loss of over 60 of the episodes in the Thames.

Additional features include some rare behind the scenes footage of Garth and company, a list of beautiful cast and set photos, and the icing on the cake, a full playback of the 'One Track Lover' song as sung by Todd Rivers.

Finally, there is a full commentary for each episode featuring Garth Merenghi, Todd Rivers, and Dean Rivers. To round out the package is a slick dvd menu that looks like a shot from Garth's living room, complete with a flickering television.

If you are a fan of Garth's or just an admirer of the fantastique, I highly recommend you pick up the delightfully gruesome Darkplace DVD and hold it gently, as you would a lover.

Voici, you're welcome!

(Tongue planted firmly in cheek)
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
When this initially aired it was heavily promoted on TV and Radio, but it never seemed to do very well and become one of those forgotten series.

Thankfully it had quite a dedicated cult following and the DVD release does justice to this truly original and purposefully 'bad' comedy.

This spoof TV series has all the 'cast' in character throughout. Providing talking head moments where they reflect on the `Horror Hospital Drama' they give their opinions and pad out the running time because many of the original tapes have been destroyed. Garth has an embarrassingly inflated idea about his own work and regularly explains how deep and powerful his message was.

The special effects are fantastically naff and the dodgy acting is captured to perfection. Especially that of Dean Learner who keeps glancing at the camera and having his scenes spliced together to cover up his mistakes, this leads to great moments where, for example; in a split second he is suddenly holding his drink in the other hand.

This DVD has great re-watch value. The plot of each episode is relatively funny, but it's the individual moments which ensure you have laugh after laugh.

In a nutshell: Remember the many cheesy American TV series of the eighties? Well this is the British version - lost for twenty years we can now see it in its (near) full(-ish) glory. Garth Marenghi's Dark Place looks shoddy - but it takes a lot of skill to make it look as natural as it does. This is an original comedy with a raft of features including a cast commentary (again all in character) and a full length version of the song "One Track Lover" which will have you singing it for days afterwards. I absolutely love this series - it's not often that you get something so unique, and - dare I say it? Yes I do ...genius!
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