10 Dark British Comedy TV Shows That Must Be Seen

4. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

Venturing into the surreal we go with Garth Marenghi's Darkplace leading the way. It's set up as an unaired series from the mind of the eponymous fictional writer, each episode bookended by a little nonsensical monologue or an extract from one of his books. It's deliberately rubbish, doesn't make a great deal of sense but it's far and away one of the funniest comedies I've seen. Co-created by Matthew Holmes and Richard Ayoade, it was adapted from their Perrier award winning stage show Garth Marenghi's Netherhead. Holmes plays the spoof horror writer while Ayoade plays both his agent and within the show the hospital administrator Thornton Reed. It also features Matt Berry and Alice Lowe who round off the team of doctors who must protect Darkplace Hospital from paranormal goings on. Embracing the violence of schlocky B-Movies and its surreal premise, the show really revels in how silly it is. This and the stellar comedic cast make it one to watch and as there's sadly only one season of it, there's not much of it to get through. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is for those with a love of dodgy horror and great comedy, which I see as a truly winning combination.
 
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