[Darkplace !Man to Man ]
This is a wonderful parody of UK horror novels and TV shows, possibly inspired by the works of Shaun Hutson .
The show is basically a Medical drama set in a hospital in Romford. However, it is a nexus of supernatural activity. The result is a mix of Twilight Zone and X-Files - with 1980s fashions and 1970s SPFX!
Of course, to make it clear that this is a parody, the stars - writer Garth Marenghi (Matthew Holness) and publisher Dean Learner (Richard Ayoade - The Watch ) - give their input in a series of interviews.
Dr Rick Dagless (Garth Marenghi AKA Matthew Holness) takes a giant eyeball as a substitute son.
Dr Sanchez (Matt Berry - Snow White And The Huntsman ) turns into an ape. Soon, everyone in the hospital is following suit. Does the chaplain (Julian Barratt - A Field In England ) have anything to do with it?
This is a piss-take on the best UK TV show never made.
The supernatural mist being Scottish, this might be taken as being anti-Scottish. Marenghi, in the interview, states that he intended the message to be one of anti-racism.
Compared to the racist propaganda of Braveheart , this is mild stuff indeed. And while the statements made about Glasgow are inaccurate and misleading, they are a perfect fit for Dundee!
Dr Sanchez (Matt Berry - Snow White And The Huntsman ) gets a love interest. Unfortunately she turns into Alien brocoli.
Like most TV shows in the 1980s (and Baywatch in the 1990s!) this ep contains a music video!
Dean Learner (Richard Ayoade - The Watch ), publisher and actor, now has his own chat show.
Special Guest this week is Garth Marenghi (Matthew Holness), Dean's co-star from Darkplace.
We get a clip of Marenghi's new film - he and Sanchez (Matt Berry - Snow White And The Huntsman ) save Romford from giant wasps from outer space.
This week the guest is race-car driver The Accellerator (Matthew Holness) - the antithesis of Holness' usual character, Gareth Marenghi. This is a wonderful encounter between two ludicrous characters who both take themselves very seriously.
The video insert, Pising in the Driving Seat, is excellent too. There is a second insert, The Learner - a hilarious Office-style take on The Apprentice!
This week the guest is Glynn Nimrod (Matthew Holness), an actor in Scientifical Fiction for the Home Video market. He is quite a bizarre figure, really, and the interview takes a strange turn for the worse.
We get to see some great clips of Glynn's movie, his autobiographical DVD and documentary footage of him at a Media Convention in Uxbridge. There is also a clip from Dean's previous show.
This week the guest is Merriman Weir (Matthew Holness), an English Folk -music singer.
Dean is the same as ever, a sort of watered-down Borat-type inept interviewer. The ep's real revelation is Matthew Holness. He is always been associated with Marenghi-type characters, but here he gets a chance to actually act. And he can play the guitar, too!
The music video to Weir's new album is hilarious, and features the co-stars from Darkplace.
This week the guest is a Uri Geller-style showman. He is, of course, played by (Matthew Holness).
This week the guest is an actor who starred in Bitch Killer, a horror film Dean produced. Unfortunately he is dead - so Dean calls in the film's writer, Gareth Marenghi (Matthew Holness)!
Dean shows a documentary that the actor appeared in. Typically, things went from bad to worse for poor old Randolph. His fellow actor, Glynn Nimron, is interviewed by satellite video-link. Even Steve The Accellerator Pising, Randolph's former neighbour. Amir Chanan takes time to appear and use his supernatural powers to communicate with Randolph's spirit.