Garth Marenghi's Darkplace 1 Season 2003

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Season 1
(183) 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

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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

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shane Stevens on 22 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2006
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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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8 of 8 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 Movieman on 4 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
Awful over dubbing, fashion, continuity errors, miscues, clumsy editing, naff effects, mad script, some now highly noteably cameo's, daft choreography, amazingly self serving, egotistic dialogue, guns, sexual stereotyping, awful camerawork, dated music, inappropriate sound effects, intercut with character interviews.

The program seeks to create a retrospective documentary filmed in the 90's of an 80's sci-fi horror show, canned in truth because it was so awful. The fictional Marenghi's ego is such that he claims to have been too close to the truth and was shut down. His self importance alone is breathtaking with some incredible resulting lines.

Can't have been easy putting together something so deliberately bad but the team did it superbly, I only hope they had a brilliant time in the process.

Won't be to everyone taste but a fantastic 80's parody of a dark, dark sci-fi horror place.

Highly original stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
For those who don't know, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is a spoof horror eighties TV show, made in 2004, with inserts from the characters who played the parts of the TV show where they look back on it. The premise is that the show was pulled from the air by Channel 4 before the first episode was broadcast and only because of the paucity of quality television today, they allowed it to be broadcast.

Its targets are broad, from Jim Herbert style horror writers, through British character actors, to TV shows like Miami Vice and Quantum Leap where execution and/or concept are ridiculously straightfaced for the material presented. Apart from poking fun at these targets, there are great visual gags, some atrocious puns and hamming it up that are just the right side of silly. It is a fantastically accurate and funny show. And that we are only just seeing a followup on our TV screens is too sad for words.

The extras are great, with in character commentaries from Garth, Dean Learner and Todd Rivers. Spoof documentaries abound and there are a couple of cut scenes and test footage. The only shame is that we don't get some genuine comments and anecdotes from the performers. But that's just a slight niggle.

This is great.
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