Thursday, November 8, 2007

This is Going to be the Most Significant Television Event Since Quantum Leap

This is not music related, but the always reliable Adult Swim is going to start airing the hopefully cult classic Garth Marenghi's Darkplace starting tomorrow night at 11 PM. Like most of the great British comedy classics, it's bizarre, dry and indirectly hilarious. The concept revolves around horror/director/producer/writer mastermind Garth Marenghi (real life Matthew Holness) created the Darkplace show back in the 80s with next to no budget. It was a show, as Marenghi puts it, that was "so radical, so risky, so dangerous, so go-haw-damn crazy that the so called powers-that-be became too scared to show it." The show gets resurrected for a second go-around on air, this time featuring Garth Marenghi, publicist/co-star Dean Learner (Richard Ayoade) and fellow cast members being interviewed about the show between scenes.

The show is meant to spoof the horror/action genre shows that were in abundance back in the day. The show takes place at Darkplace Hotel where Dr. Rick Dagless (Marenghi) has to fight off the evils plaguing the hospital as well as fighting to keep his patients alive. He's joined by Dr. Lucien Sanchez (played by Todd Rivers played by Matt Berry), Dr. Liz Asher (played by Madeleine Wool played by Alice Lowe) and hospital administrator Thornton Reed (Learner). There's incredibly (and purposefully) stiff acting, blatant misogyny, cheap props and sets and more hilarity abound.

But to keep it semi-music related, here's a music video for the song "I'm a One Track Lover" that appears in the show

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