Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Season 2 | December 26, 2008

OK, so that was a bit mean. If you’re a Garth Marenghi fan (and who wouldn’t be) there isn’t a season 2. At least not yet. However there would be if I had it my way. You see I’ve been re-visiting this classic TV comedy show over Christmas and it got me thinking about the possibilities for a second season.

As some of you know, Gath Marenghi’s Darkplace was a parody of bad 70’s and 80’s TV shows, complete with implausible story lines, bad acting and terrible special effects. Supposedly resurrected from the Channel 4 archives to fill a scheduling gap, the show mixed the “original” footage with cast interviews reminiscing about the good old days.

Sadly this show received a fairly lukewarm reception on it’s initial release, although it later went on to generate a cult following and clocked up a load of DVD sales. The writers of this show went on to pen the IT crowd, while other cast members went on to appear is series like the Mighty Boosh. Anyway, enough preamble. Here’s my idea for Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, USA.

Set in current day Hollywood, Garth Marenghi has sold the right for Darkplace to a US studio who are going to remake the classic British horror series for an American audience. Garth and his partner Dean Learner are bought in as plot advisors to help keep some of the original creativity. The pilot episode will feature them remaking one of their classic episodes, although later shows will obviously diverge from the original.

The new show will be modernised in every sense, with CSI style graphics, 24 style split screens, and plenty of meaningless technobabble to make the show feel smart and edgy. Some of the original UK cast will remain on the show, although they will have to adopt phoney US accents. On top of this there will be a whole new cast of American wannabes along with a load of cameo performances by famous US fans and stars from the original series.

The show would still be cut with interviews with the cast, but this time they would be discussing the making of the new show and how it differed to the old one. They’d also be talking about how their careers had changed in the last 30 years, some becoming a huge success and some disappearing into obscurity. So plenty of opportunity for character development.

So rather than being a parody of 70’s and 80’s TV shows as per the original, this second season would be a parody of modern TV making. You’d still have the overblown acting and heaps of slow motion. However instead of bad 80’s music and shaky cameras you’d have MTV style cut scenes to a rock or techno soundtrack. It would essentially become a piss take of all the modern remakes of old TV shows like Dr Who as well as an indictment on the excess and implausibility of modern television.

I’m not sure if I’ve done a good job at describing Darkplace USA, but I can picture it in my head and in there it’s pretty awesome. What do you think?

Posted at December 26, 2008 3:51 PM


Robert said on December 26, 2008 4:48 PM

The half-epsiode of Darkplace I watched was a little to campy for me. However, I was still watching cartoons in the 80’s, not the crime shows they parody. I think that put me at a disadvantage.

However, I love The IT Crowd (I have to BitTorrent the episodes every week since I live in the US) and I’d like to see Richard Ayoade in a different modern role. My wife has made me a fan of the CSI / Law & Order type shows, as well. Given my better grasp on the modern shows, I’d definitely watch the show you’ve outlined.

Hunt those guys down and pitch the idea!

orta said on December 29, 2008 12:37 AM

We can but dream. I would so love to see a second series of darkplace.

Foshiznay said on January 7, 2009 10:15 AM

:’( There needs to be a series 2 theres just not enough Darkplace…

Patrick said on January 14, 2009 4:15 AM

I really hate to be on the internet and talk badly of things but I just felt like pointing out that The IT Crowd wasn’t written by anyone from Dark Place, it simply starred Richard Ayoade.

Also, I don’t know if this news ever reached the US, but Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade were, albeit tentatively, reported to be discussing the possibilite (French for possibility) of a Garth Marenghi movie. If they ain’t gonna do a second series then I wanna see that!