Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

television series

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is a British horror parody television series. It was created for Channel 4 by Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. It first broadcast in 2004. The show focuses on fictional horror author Garth Marenghi (played by Matthew Holness) and his publisher Dean Learner (played by Richard Ayoade), characters who originated in the Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight stage show.

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Created byRichard Ayoade
Matthew Holness
Based onGarth Marenghi's Fright Knight
by Richard Ayoade
Matthew Holness
Written byRichard Ayoade
Matthew Holness
Directed byRichard Ayoade
StarringMatthew Holness
Matt Berry
Richard Ayoade
Alice Lowe
Composer(s)Andrew Hewitt
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Charlie Hanson
Running time25 minutes (approx.)
Original networkChannel 4
Original release29 January (2004-01-29) –
4 March 2004 (2004-03-04)
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Episodes Edit

This list is ordered by the original air dates on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Once Upon a Beginning"29 January 2004 (2004-01-29)
New doctor Liz Asher arrives at Darkplace Hospital, where a mysterious cat portends disaster. Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D., must act in time to prevent unspeakable evil from leaking out from a portal to Hellmouth under Darkplace Hospital. Guest starring Julian Barratt.
2"Hell Hath Fury"5 February 2004 (2004-02-05)
At Darkplace Hospital, lunch is delayed, and objects begin flying around. At first, suspicion falls on the hospital's temporary clerical assistant, but Dagless is determined to find out the truth. Guest starring Stephen Merchant.
3"Skipper the Eyechild"12 February 2004 (2004-02-12)
Somewhere on the wards of Darkplace Hospital, a man gives birth to a giant eyeball which brings out paternal instincts in Dagless, still grieving for the loss of his half-human, half-grasshopper son. However, the eyeball could be a potential killer. Guest starring Graham Linehan.
4"The Apes of Wrath"19 February 2004 (2004-02-19)
A mysterious illness spreads like a particularly virulent disease through the wards of Darkplace, causing doctors and patients to revert to an earlier genetic state. Dagless must stop it before he too becomes a primate. Guest starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding.
5"Scotch Mist"26 February 2004 (2004-02-26)
A Scottish mist descends on Darkplace, and Dagless has to act fast to protect all the English people in the hospital from grave danger. Guest starring Paul King.
6"The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth"4 March 2004 (2004-03-04)
Dr. Sanchez's life is in danger from a patient with an extraterrestrial broccoli infection. Dagless must save both his friend, and the world. Guest starring Julian Barratt and Graham Linehan.