Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is a comedy series made for Channel 4 by Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade. Following on from the characters' success at The Perrier Awards the show revolves around fictional horror author Garth Marenghi (played by Holness) and his publisher Dean Learner (played by Ayoade).
Darkplace is presented as a lost classic: a series produced in the 1980s, yet never shown until now. Subsequently, it features 'present day' commentary from many of the "original" cast, where characters such as "Marenghi" and "Learner" reflect on making the show.
Darkplace parodies numerous aspects of 80s low-budget television, including fashion, special effects and music.
As it was broadcast late night with very little advertising, Darkplace was met with poor viewing figures. However, the show built up a significant internet following, leading Channel 4 to repeat the series and produce a DVD release. It was also reported that Channel 4's Film Four asked Holness and Ayoade to write a script for a movie version of their programme.
The show later broadcast in the U.S. on Sci-Fi and Adult Swim.