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

Darkplace is presented as a lost classic: a television series produced in the 1980s, though not broadcast at the time. The presentation features commentary from many of the “original” cast, where characters such as Marenghi and Learner reflect on making the show. Darkplace parodies the fashion, special effects, production gaffes, and music of low-budget ’80s television, as well as the modern practice of including commentary tracks on DVD releases of old films and television shows.

Darkplace was broadcast in a late-night timeslot, with very little advertising, and met with poor viewing figures. It nonetheless built up a significant internet following, leading Channel 4 to repeat the series and produce a DVD release. In 2005, Channel 4’s Film Four asked Holness and Ayoade to write a script for a movie version of their programme.

The show was later broadcast in the United States on the Sci-Fi Channel and Adult Swim.


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