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Samuel James Harries

Hey guys! This post features day 3 of my [#5 Day Recommendation Challenge](tag:3555492) participation (find details on the challenge at the bottom of this post).

Day 3's recommendation challenge is 'a TV series that ended before its time'. Theres are so many shows I'd love to have seen more of (Batman Beyond, Samurai Jack, Star Trek: The Original Series to name a few), but the one I'd like to share with you today is...

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Darkplace centers on a show-within-a-show, aptly described by below:

"an unearthed parody of an 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell."

The series is an amplified example of a shows that ended before its time because Garth Marenghi's Darkplace has a grand total of 6 episodes, each running for 30 minutes or less. This means it takes the same time to watch as many sub-par movies, such as Oliver Stone's Alexander, which actually shares the exact same runtime!

The show is a fantastic parody of low budget TV horrors and the egotists responsible for them. As you can see from the trailer, creators of the show put a huge amount of effort to provide a multi-layered parody. Not only can you laugh at the fictional show, but also its low-fi aesthetic, the way actors use their characters to push their own egos and the absurdities of 80s television.

The show was never officially cancelled, but never received an audience large enough to warrant a second season.

There is media speculation that the "average" or "poor" viewing figures led Channel 4 to decide against commissioning a second series. -

There was a spin-off called Man to Man with Dean Learner, which focused on Richard Ayoade's character as a fictional chat show host. However, I strongly believe that Darkplace deserved another season to explore the wonders of Garth Marenghi's imagination.

The good news is that the entire season can be found on!

If you'd like to take part in the 5 Day Recommendation Challenge, heres what to do:

5 Day Recommendation Challenge:

  • Day 1: Recommend a 90s Comedy (TV or Movie)
  • Day 2: Recommend a Cult Movie
  • Day 3: Recommend a TV Series That Ended Before its Time
  • Day 4: Recommend a Movie That Got Critically Panned
  • Day 5: Recommend a Comic Book Movie (that isn't Marvel or DC!)

Post your recommendation and why, and then tag 5 members of the Moviepilot community each time you post a recommendation! If you've got any questions, let me know in the comments or contact me at [email protected]

Relevant tag: [#5 Day Recommendation Challenge](tag:3555492)


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