I had never heard of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace before last week. I started seeing several people that I follow on Twitter mention it multiple times. I’m really glad it was finally put somewhere where it could be seen so easily. Darkplace was exactly up my alley. It is wonderfully goofy.
It was created by Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. It was based on a stage play created by the same people. It starred Matthew Holness, Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade, and Alice Lowe. There are also cameos by several British comedy actors among who are Stephen Merchant. I had never seen anything that Ayoade had done but knew that he made quality shows. The only person that I knew from something else was Matt Berry. I know him from the What We Do In The Shadows tv series, which is fantastic.
Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace is presented in an interesting way. Its presented as a show from the 80s that is being reaired/aired for the first time. Its also cut together with interviews with both Marenghi as well as his editor Dean Learner. In the second half of the six episodes interviews with the actor Todd Rivers are also added. There are six episodes and they’re all about twenty-five minutes long, so its an incredibly easy show to watch all of in one sitting.
The production crew did an absolutely fantastic job at recreating the feel of an 80s horror show. The model that they made for the hospital in the show is really good. If it were a proper 80s show the model would have been where most of the budget would have been spent.
Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace is worth a watch for numerous reasons. I do think you should go in as blind as possible. It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.