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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })In the mid 1980s, horror writer Garth Marenghi created a television show so horrifying that it was not until 2004 that it was commissioned for general release. Even despite its rather meagre budget, the writing and ideas were so terrifying that they still retain their power to shock.... OK, so that's not actually true. The show itself is a straight-faced spoof of horror stories, '80s action shows and the whole concept of the Cult Classic. It's a rare example of an entire show deliberately composed of Stylistic Suck tropes, with wooden acting, many a Special Effect Failure, Anvilicious dubious morals, cheesy plots (including Attack of the Killer Whatever), poor editing and audio mixing, and corny dialogue. Along with the "original footage", each episode is accompanied by present-day interviews with the fictional Garth Marenghi and his co-stars, who generally praise the show and offer insights into its (rather warped) meaning.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The Show Within a Show focuses around Darkplace Hospital in Romford, East London, which is apparently built over the very Gates of Hell. To be more accurate, it's about Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D (played by Marenghi himself) who is the best doctor in the world ever, as well as a crack shot, action hero and master warlock. Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D, and (to a lesser extent) his friends and co-workers are the only hope the planet has against the various evils that rise up in Darkplace Hospital, including mutant eye-babies, infectious broccoli-women, and of course, Scotsmen.In the UK the series ran on Channel Four. In America, the series first ran on the Sci-Fi Channel, then moved to [adult swim]. Currently can be seen on Hulu.See also Man to Man with Dean Learner, a spin-off, and Snuff Box, on which many of the same actors have appeared.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })
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Spiking the Camera: Happens from time to time with untrained cast members like the kids or Dean Learner.
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Creator Breakdown
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Creator Breakdown: In-universe, Garth lets his personal life and issues inform the scripts more than he perhaps should.
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Sniff Sniff Nom
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Sniff Sniff Nom: Rick tastes the substance that was left behind at the crime scene in the forest. It turns out to be porridge pointing Rick into the direction of the Scotch Mist.
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Gratuitous Spanish: The Padre. "Dios Mio!"
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invoked Looping Lines: Often featured and played for comedy. The looped lines are much louder than the normal dialogue and stuck in regardless of whether they match the actor's lips or if his mouth is even moving at all. Most of the additional dialogue seems to be added to add exposition or address continuity errors.
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Plant Hair: Linda sports broccoli hair during the final stage of her infection.
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Unreliable Narrator
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Unreliable Narrator: Garth states that the show was rejected by Channel 4 due to it being too intense and put it on due to an "artistic drought". Once you see Darkplace, it's implied that Channel 4 rejected the show due to quality, or lack thereof and they aired it as either filler or as a lark.
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Angels Pose
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Angels Pose: A promo shot (currently the page image) shows the male cast doing this pose. Liz is also in the shot somewhere.
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The Cameo: Stephen Merchant (of Extras and The Office) works in the hospital cafeteria. The Padre is played by Julian Barrat of The Mighty Boosh fame. Noel Fielding also cameos as an ape in the monkey episode. The security guard in episodes 3 and 6 is played by Graham Linehan.
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Chase-Scene Obstacle Course
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Chase-Scene Obstacle Course: Spoofed when a chase scene ends with the Monster of the Week crashing into a huge mountain of cardboard boxes sitting in the middle of a forest for no apparent reason.
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Talking Animal
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Talking Animal: "That's strange. That cat just told me to leave." The cat is obviously voiced by Matt Berry. Of all the cast, he has the funniest voice.
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"Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Spoofed as the credits list the opening tune as being "based on melodies whistled by Garth Marenghi". "One Track Lover", an original song from the broccoli episode, is a straight example, sung by Matt Berry.
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Padding: In-universe. Dean Learner states that so much slow-motion footage was used because the episodes often ran several minutes short and had to be padded out somehow, so "any scene without dialogue was considered for slow-mo". The fact that most of the dialogue is delivered in a rushed garble probably explains why each episode winds up short.
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Failed a Spot Check
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Failed a Spot Check: When Dagless and Reed are discussing the notion of telekinesis over the phone, Liz is literally standing right in front of Reed, using said power with various objects floating near her. Reed doesn't even mention this to Dagless, instead just mentioning that "she's got a face like the proverbial" and she's probably on her period. Reed only figures it out when she gets even more blatant about it and boxes him into the corner of the room with his own desk. Nobody notices that the water in all the coolers is vivid green in "Apes of Wrath."
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Chekhov's Gun: As with many tropes, parodied to hell and back.
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Spontaneous Human Combustion
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Spontaneous Human Combustion: Rick Dagless's old college buddy spontaneously explodes (though his head survives long enough to ask Rick to finish him off); in the commentary, Dean Learner mentions that while filming the scene it was clear to everyone that "someone close to Garth had exploded" in real life.
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Go Through Me
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Go Through Me: At Renwick's funeral, his mother jumps in the way when Rick tries to shoot the undead corpse. Rick doesn't hesitate to gun her down in order to get to Renwick.
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Funny Background Event: Watch closely near the end of the first episode and you'll see a fake gravestone next to Rick and Thornton wobble from the wind. Shortly after, as Rick is walking away, one can see Thornton groping Liz's behind while "comforting" her. At several points you can see extras in the background moving or standing in amusingly stiff ways in order to hit their marks.
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Nice Character, Mean Actor: Garth and Dean both play heroic characters, and Dean always looks so out of his depth as an actor that he can come across as adorable. However, in the behind-the-scenes retrospective, it's clear that they're both extremely shady and creepy guys.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: Man to Man with Dean Learner, a chat show using many of the same characters. Also, Snuff Box, which starred Matt Berry, had Alice Loewe in a cameo (as David Bowie, of all people), and had Dean Learner show up a few times. The short film "A Gun For George", written/directed by and starring Matthew Holness, is a much Darker and Edgier take on the "conceited hack writer creates idealized Author Avatar" concept. Darkplace itself bears something of a resemblance to the Gelliant Gutfright sketches from A Bit of Fry and Laurie such as "The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick". The Spoils of Babylon, the Transatlantic Equivalent that's also about a Vanity Project TV series made by a narcissistic author, has actors playing actors playing characters and takes a similar Stylistic Suck approach.
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Power Floats: Liz, at the height of her anger induced telekinetic tantrum. This meant Dag could see up her skirt, and when he tells her to 'hide her shame' he gets an extinguisher in the face for it.
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Short-Runners
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Short Runner: Only one series of six episodes was made, and it wasn't renewed due to low ratings, though it did receive a spinoff in Man to Man with Dean Learner.
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IKEA Erotica
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IKEA Erotica: Episode 6 opens with a hilariously bad sex scene from a Marenghi novel. Dean Learner later goes on a rant against IKEA Erotica, which instead veers towards Purple Prose.
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Revolvers Are Just Better
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Revolvers Are Just Better: Rick's Hand Cannon, which he carries at all times.
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Gratuitous Foreign Language: Garth is fond of peppering his speech with foreign words, mostly French, (which he then translates) in an effort to make him sound more intelligent.
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Is the Answer to This Question
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Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?: Inverted, after Larry messily explodes (in slow motion) in 'Once Upon a Beginning'.
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invoked Out of Order: In episode five, Thornton Reed mentions that Dagless opened the gates of hell "last week", meaning the episode was either supposed to be the second one broadcast, or the previous three episodes happened in just seven days.
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Trailers Always Lie: The exploding ambulance from the opening credits doesn't appear inshow. We can only speculate as to why Dag was running away from it clutching a baby. On the commentary track we learn this is because they sank the budget for an entire episode just filming that single scene. Which would explain why the explosion of the ambulance truck is shown as a Repeat Cut.
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Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You
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Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Rick offers his life to the three Scotsmen by kneeling down and baring his chest. This act impressed the Scotsmen enough to abstain from further revenge.
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Rule of Cool
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Rule of Cool: Sometimes merely otherwise inexplicable (why are doctors carrying around guns?), sometimes clearly a product of Marenghi's fanboyish replication of US media (the English Dag having fought in Vietnam "for [his] country").
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When Props Attack
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When Props Attack: "Hell Hath Fury", in which the characters are fighting Animate Inanimate Objects. Including Sanchez struggling with his own gun, then battling a kitchen whisk trying to stab him in the neck, and then wrestling a garbage can.
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Narration Echo: In "The Apes of Wrath":
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Mr. Seahorse
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Mr. Seahorse: "Look at that poor man, he's been screwed by a giant eyeball and now he's giving birth."
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: The "drink-related mishap in Fulham" which resulted in the footage for the climax of "The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth" being lost for all time.
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Flatline: Linda dies from the broccoli infection on a flatline sound.
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No Kill Like Overkill: Combined with One-Woman Wail and a Big "NO!". After Renwick's (somehow reintact) corpse reanimates, Dag shoots it several times with his revolver, while Reed opens up with his shotgun, before taking a flamethrower to the body.
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MusicVideo
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Music Video: "One Track Lover" in episode 6.
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Captain Obvious
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Captain Obvious: "I ran the only way I knew how. By placing one leg in front of the other in quick succession." Quoth Larry Renwick as his disembodied head lies in a pool of his exploded insides, "I think I'm gonna die!"
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Delayed Reaction
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Delayed Reaction: Dean Learner and the extras often miss their cues or forget lines, resulting in awkward pauses in response to events. For example, at one point Dean answers a phone but forgets to say goodbye before setting it down, causing him to sheepishly splutter out a goodbye to the already hung up phone.
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Stylistic Suck
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Stylistic Suck: The entire show runs on this.
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Miniature Effects
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Miniature Effects: The hospital is one of these. It's an awful one with model railway trees, shot with a lens that makes it extra unconvincing.
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Mysterious Mist
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Mysterious Mist: The "Scotch Mist".
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Cue Card Pause
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Cue Card Pause: A staple of Dean Learner's depiction of the truth.
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Everything's Better with Monkeys
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Everything's Better with Monkeys: "The Apes of Wrath."
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Gothic Punk
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Gothic Punk: Garth tried to make Darkplace this. Emphasis on tried.
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Creator Backlash
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Creator Backlash: In-universe, it's strongly hinted that Todd Rivers knows full well how terrible the show is, unlike Garth and Dean who seem to be in total denial. The DVD commentary indicates that he never bothered to actually watch the show and when he finally sees it he's obviously unimpressed.
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Special Effect Failure
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Special Effect Failure: invoked Intentional, and honed to an art form.
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Creator Killer
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Creator Killer: It's implied that Darkplace was this for Todd Rivers; it's noted that he hasn't gotten much work since and his interview segments imply he's become an alcoholic. invoked
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Lobotomy
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Lobotomy: Apparently, Sanch gave one to Liz to heal her from her out-of-control telekinesis. This has no lasting effect on her faculties or even her other psychic abilities, as she's still able to read Dag's mind in a later episode.
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Black Comedy Rape
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Black Comedy Rape: The eye-monster that rapes a man, causing him to birth another eyeball monster. The "behind the scenes" interview has Marenghi state that the giant puppet was operated by a man who the victim's actor "had previously trusted," indicating some Enforced Method Acting there.
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Place Worse Than Death
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Place Worse Than Death: Scotland, according to Garth Marenghi.
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Blooper
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Blooper: In-universe. Garth's poor direction and editing leads to characters often gaining objects from nowhere or randomly losing things they had in previous shots. At one point Thornton is holding a shovel only to have it wordlessly replaced with a cup in the next shot.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: The eye-creature and its hellish spawn, as well as Dagless' half-grasshopper son, and of course the entire Planet of the Apes episode.
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Faux Horrific
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Faux Horrific: Scotland.
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Stand Your Ground
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Stand Your Ground: "I can't hold these plates off much longer, Liz!"
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Crazy-Prepared
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Crazy-Prepared: The three main male characters always seem to have firearms on their person for some reason. Special mention goes to Dagless bringing a flamethrower to Renwick's funeral.
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Hurricane of Euphemisms
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Hurricane of Euphemisms: The more tasteful (ie: purple) words to use in a sex scene.
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Stalling the Sip
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Stalling the Sip: How Rick and Thornton get spared from the ape mutation. Rick is about to drink the contaminated water but gets interrupted at the last moment. Thornton is overly preparing his glass of water and, Thank god he only took a tiny sip!
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Significant Anagram
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Significant Anagram: The name "Garth Marenghi" came from rearranging the letters in the phrase ARGH NIGHTMARE.
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No Animals Were Harmed
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No Animals Were Harmed: "I believe that no living thing, be it human, animal or plant, should be hurt in the making of a TV show. So I personally feel very bad about that cat we killed."
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I Love Nuclear Power
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I Love Nuclear Power: The eye monster is apparently the result of a sex offender's eyeball falling into an experimental gamma-ray treatment for a cancer patient.
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Police Are Useless
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Police Are Useless: The authorities seem to have absolutely no interest in exploding patients, ape outbreaks, cosmic killer broccoli and murderous Scottish ghosts, leaving our heroes to get on with fighting the next Monster of the Week.
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Your Makeup Is Running
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Your Makeup Is Running: Liz bursts into (offscreen) tears every time Rick says something remotely hurtful. Cut to panda eyes.
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Lip Lock
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Lip Lock: The actors frequently lose lip sync in their poorly looped dialogue. A good amount of dialogue seems to have been added or rewritten after filming.
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Nightmare Sequence
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Nightmare Sequence: Rick has one after getting knocked out with a club by ape Sanch. He dreams of himself getting chased in the woods by apes. He wakes up noting that he must have been out for a month.
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Pixellation
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Pixellation: The Eye Rape scene. Parodied when Dean then goes into a long rant about it: "I think it's disgusting that we had to pixellate out an erection. I mean we've all got one. I could have one right now and you wouldn't know. I mean, I don't, but..."
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Almost Dead Guy
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Almost Dead Guy: Parodied with the Temp, who, as he lies dying, manages to hold on long enough to explain Bermuda's political status in relation to the United Kingdom.
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Deleted Scene
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Deleted Scene: In-universe. Apparently, Garth was only willing to cut one scene from over 50 episodes of the show he had created. This one scene is a flashback/dream sequence set in a Scottish chip shop.
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We Have Reserves
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We Have Reserves: Dean Learner mentions that the fog in "Scotch Mist" was poisonous enough to kill two techies, but he is unrepentant, as he believes that you can always hire more, and one is very much like the last.
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Death by Sex
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Death by Sex: The nurse and the patient who are about to make out in the forest in the opening of the fifth episode become Monster Munch when the Scotch Mist befalls them.
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And I'm the Queen of Sheba
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And I'm the Queen of Sheba: This exchange between Liz and Rick in the first episode:
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Plot Hole
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Plot Hole: The entire show is something of a gaping plot chasm, but even Garth seems aware of his lack of scope.
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British Brevity
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_664bc28f
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British Brevity: Darkplace ran for only one season with six episodes.
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Repeating So the Audience Can Hear
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_67b9dd47
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Repeating So the Audience Can Hear: Happens during a phone conversation regarding the broccoli infection between Rick and Gavin, the hospital's gas expert. First, the trope seems to be averted as there is a long pause of Rick listening to the other side but then it turns out nothing was said during that time. Played straight afterward when Rick repeats what the expert has to say on the subject.
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Purple Prose
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Purple Prose: The passages read at the beginning of each episode.
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Overcrank
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Overcrank: Lampshaded when it was explained that the excessive use of slow-motion in one episode was because they hadn't shot enough footage for a half-hour episode and needed to pad it out.
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Mercy Kill Arrangement
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Mercy Kill Arrangement: Sanch asks Rick to kill him if his transformation into an ape goes too far.
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Serious Business
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Garth takes a Serious Business approach, milking every mundane line as if it's the most terrifying thing in the world.
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Techno Babble
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Techno Babble: Used frequently to justify the insane plots; most egregiously with Gavin, the hospital gas expert, and in "The Apes of Wrath" to explain how a scientist was able to turn people into monkeys.
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Talking Heads
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Talking Heads: Parodied. The episodes of the show are intercut with In-Universe interviews of the cast and crew. For the most part, the information they provide paints them all as truly horrible human beings on top of making clear that the production was an unmitigated disaster.
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Fantastic Aesop
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Fantastic Aesop: Marenghi says, "My books always say something. Even if it's just something simple, like "don't genetically engineer crabs to be as big as men"."
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Everybody Laughs Ending
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_6eb04f1
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Everybody Laughs Ending: Usually happens right before the roof scene (see below), and goes on for awkwardly long.
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 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_6f4af3e5
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AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_6f4af3e5
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Todd has a habit of drawing out vowels and hams up every line like Tom Baker on one of his drunk days. He also has a tendency to break Lip Lock when re-dubbing his lines, also pitching his voice nearly a full octave lower in the process. He also strikes a pose whenever entering a room or turning a corner, another trait lifted from Tom Baker.
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 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_6f66bef7
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But Not Too Foreign
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_6f66bef7
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But Not Too Foreign: The Temp from "Hell Hath Fury" is obviously played by an American, but Garth decided to write him as Bermudan for this reason.
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Understatement
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_7040b6bc
comment
Understatement: Sanchez stating, "That'll stop him" after Dagless has just fired eleven rounds from his Hand Cannon and used a flamethrower on Renwick's re-animated, and somehow once again intact, body.
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In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It
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comment
In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Just to hammer in Garth's bloated sense of self worth, the proper title of the show is "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace".
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Chroma Key
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Chroma Key: Appropriately atrocious blue screening.
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I Don't Like the Sound of That Place
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_76d6c3df
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I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Darkplace. Dagless explains that it's really dark, hence the name.
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 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_77552932
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Character Shilling
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comment
Character Shilling: It'd be easier to list the times Rick Dagless isn't being shilled to the audience. In the final episode, a line from the Padre seems to suggest that he's a better person than GOD.
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A Wild Rapper Appears!
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A Wild Rapper Appears! / Gratuitous Rap: Thornton Reed's brief stint as a rapper in the so-Eighties-it-hurts music video "One Track Lover."
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Fair for Its Day
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_79a80b74
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Fair for Its Day: Discussed In-Universe. Garth Merenghi thinks he was this when making Darkplace in the Eighties.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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comment
Shell-Shocked Veteran: All three of the main male cast are given backstories of being veterans of war. Bonus points for Dag and Sanchez's backstories not even making sense; Rick claims they fought in Vietnam, but they're British and Britain wasn't involved in the Vietnam War.
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One-Handed Shotgun Pump
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_7ab2a0ff
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One-Handed Shotgun Pump: Thornton does it at Renwick's funeral.
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Badasses Wear Bandanas
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Badasses Wear Bandanas: The Temp wears his tie as a bandana after he Took a Level in Badass.
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Celebrity Paradox
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_7b8b3def
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Celebrity Paradox: People read Garth Marenghi's books in Darkplace. This can be mainly put down to his enormous ego.
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Hall of Mirrors
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Hall of Mirrors: Clearly the budget wouldn't stretch to an entire hall, but we do get the tense shoot-out in the "water and mirror storage room." Well, where do you think hospitals store their water and mirrors?
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Dawson Casting
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comment
Dawson Casting: In-Universe Thornton Reed is pretty obviously supposed to be older than the rest of the cast, but Dean Learner looks to be a bit younger than Garth and Todd. (In real life Ayoade was the youngest of the main cast, so this was probably meant to be spoofed too.)
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Chairman of the Brawl
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_7f9b12a6
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Chairman of the Brawl: During the Bar Brawl between Rick and Sanch in the last episode, Sanch breaks a bar stool on Rick's back.
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Dramatic Drop
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Dramatic Drop: Rick drops a teddy bear in shock when seeing Sanch having mutated into an ape.
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Psychometry
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Psychometry: Liz has a vision of Renwick's demise in room 213 when shaking hands with Sanchez.
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Fake Nationality
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comment
Fake Nationality (in-universe): Lucien Sanchez. He even wears some type of eye makeup to make him look like he might be Hispanic. The Temp is obviously being played by an American man, but a poorly written speech claims that he's from Bermuda.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality
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comment
Protagonist-Centered Morality: As befitting an obvious Gary Stu, the story bends over backwards to make Rick Dagless be in the right. The Chef is an Asshole Victim for making misogynistic comments to Liz and slapping her tray out of her hand, but Dagless does the exact same thing seconds beforehand and is depicted as being entirely in the right. invoked
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Shovel Strike
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_8a16409a
comment
Shovel Strike: Renwick implores Dagless to end his misery, and closes his eyes in anticipation. He opens them just in time to register that Rick has chosen a shovel to do the job.
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Cool Car
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_8a295a46
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Cool Car: Dagless' car is a weak attempt - it has flashing lights, shiny buttons and a go-fast button, but it's still a golf cart pretending to be a sports car. As such, we never actually see it move.
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'80s Hair
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_8b4f2a4f
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'80s Hair: True to its premise as an obscure 80s show.
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National Stereotypes
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comment
National Stereotypes: A deliberately bad one of Scotland; their ghosts all wear kilts and string vests, have killer bagpipes in tow (which rip off your trousers, make your legs glow orange and dye your hair ginger), talk in "indecipherable" accents and are placated with shortbread. His description of non-phantasmic Scottish people is even LESS complimentary. At his most charitable, Garth seems to view the Scottish as some sort of Noble Savage.
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Putting the
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_90138988
comment
Putting the "Medic" in Comedic: The TV show is a downplayed example. Although the show isn't a comedy about doctors, the situations that the doctors get into (such as monster invasion) are strange enough to be hilarious.
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_90138988
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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_90138988
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Pstandard Psychic Pstance
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_915242d3
comment
Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Liz.
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_915242d3
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 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_917f5066
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Stunt Double
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_917f5066
comment
invoked Stunt Double: Garth uses a stunt double for Rick for the arduous task of... running through some undergrowth. It's heavily implied that this is due to Garth having body odor problems.
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Major Injury Underreaction
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comment
Major Injury Underreaction: Renwick's recently disembodied head telling Dagless, "It really hurts." Sanch getting his face burned by a hot iron in the Creepy Basement doesn't elicit any sign of pain from him. What's more, the burn marks are gone in the next scene.
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Ominous Pipe Organ
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_91d3ab1e
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Ominous Pipe Organ: The theme music features a chilling organ sound.
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Retraux
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Retraux: The feel of an 80s tv series is replicated, from synthesizers to audio pitch artifacting, to many of the effects, right down to an old iteration of the Channel 4 logo.
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Short Run in Peru
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comment
Short Run in Peru: Serendipitously the Trope Namer, but only In-Universe. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Marenghi mentions that although the show was never broadcast in its native land of Britain when first produced in The '80s, it did have "a brief run in Peru".
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Creepy Basement
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_95be648c
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Sanch getting his face burned by a hot iron in the Creepy Basement doesn't elicit any sign of pain from him. What's more, the burn marks are gone in the next scene.
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Riddle for the Ages
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Riddle for the Ages: In one episode, a man gets pregnant. No answer ever comes about how it happened, but Dagless (and thus Marenghi) makes a long Breaking the Fourth Wall diatribe about how it never will, so the audience better stop bothering.
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Let Me Get This Straight...
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_98f5de00
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Let Me Get This Straight...: Sanchez drops this line before summarizing what he learned from Liz about the vision she conceived from shaking his hand.
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Rapid-Fire Typing
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Rapid-Fire Typing: An episode showed Liz looking up data on a computer, with the typical rapid clicking sounds, but they clearly show her fingers which are barely moving.
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Family-Unfriendly Death
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comment
Family-Unfriendly Death: Such as when Dagless' old college room-mate explodes in the first episode, covering his hospital room in as much gore as the budget would allow. Fortunately, his head survives long enough to implore Dagless to finish him off with a shovel. At Renwick's funeral, his corpse, which is somehow intact again, bursts out of the coffin and starts writhing around. Cue Dagless opening up on him with his Magnum with Reed supporting with his shotgun, before Dag whips out a flamethrower to finish the job.
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Contemplate Our Navels
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Contemplate Our Navels: Garth, and by extension Rick, does this a lot. Each episode ends with a long, rambling monologue from Rick about some vague philosophical idea relating to what happened.
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Kill It with Fire
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Kill It with Fire: Dag's solution to dealing with Renwick's reanimated corpse. This after shooting it several times with both his revolver and Reed's shotgun.
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Stay in the Kitchen
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Stay in the Kitchen: Despite Garth's claims to the contrary, clear he doesn't think very highly of women, and this leaks into Dagless's character as well, like hiring Liz on as a doctor and telling her to scrub his coffee mug in the same breath.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: Why doesn't Madeleine appear in any of the interviews or commentaries? She went missing after the filming of the show and is presumed dead. Also, in Skipper the Eyechild: "You're turning into an ape! A wild ape!"
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Stealth Parody
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_9f81bd21
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Stealth Parody: What? You thought this was supposed to be serious? Shame on you!
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Campbell Country
 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace / int_a110e36d
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Campbell Country: The final episode ("The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth") provides us with Marenghi's rather unique take on Lovecraftian Horror.
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Living Prop: An extra with noticeable red muttonchops serves a number of different bit roles throughout the show.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: When affectionately stroking Skipper the Eyechild, it bites Dagless. In response he goes crazy and beats the creature to death, only afterwards going all These Hands Have Killed and breaking down.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: Hilariously frequent due to terrible acting and editing.
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Vanity Project
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Vanity Project: In-Universe, the whole show is a Garth Marenghi vehicle.
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Died in Your Arms Tonight
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Died in Your Arms Tonight: The Temp dies in Rick's arms.
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IHaveToWashMyHair
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I Have to Wash My Hair: When Sanch asks Liz out on a date, she replies with this line.
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Troubled Production
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invoked Troubled Production: The interviews with Garth, Todd and Dean in the DVD extras reveal details about problems on set.
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2-for-1 Show
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2-for-1 Show: The "show" is interspersed with interviews with the "actors".
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Based on a Dream
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Based on a Dream: In-universe. Garth claims that he uses his dreams for inspiration for his writing... when he's not just stealing from dead authors whose work is out of copyright.
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Death Is Dramatic
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Death Is Dramatic: The Temp's death. Sappy music plays over Rick screaming out his guts. Too bad Garth overplays the scene completely.
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Weirdness Censor
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Weirdness Censor: No one seems to notice that the water dispensers at the hospital hold green water.
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Dissimile
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Dissimile
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Red Shirt
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Red Shirt: Clive the temp, who wears a red cardigan.
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Narrating the Obvious
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Narrating the Obvious:
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Viewers Are Morons
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Viewers Are Morons: In-Universe. Garth has a very low opinion of pretty much everyone that isn't him, and treats the audience and many of the people he works with like they have single-digit IQs.
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Tap on the Head
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Tap on the Head: Rick Dagless wins most fights with a single punch.
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Bottomless Magazines
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Bottomless Magazines: Explicitly Lampshaded— in one scene Dagless states that he has five bullets remaining in his six-chamber revolver, then in the next fires nine without reloading. There's also Larry Renwick's funeral, in which Dagless and Reed fire over a dozen shots from a revolver and a shotgun respectively, without reloading.
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Heir Club for Men
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Heir Club for Men: Parodied. Garth complains during the third episode about only having daughters and his wife going through menopause, robbing him of a male "heir". His bizarre obsession with having a son bleeds through into that episode's obvious wish fulfillment regarding sons.
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No OSHA Compliance
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No OSHA Compliance: Dean Learner notes that two techies died making the fifth episode because the initial mist effect used produced mist that turned out to be poisonous. Garth and Dean also admit that the cat used in the first episode was accidentally killed during filming.
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Epigraph
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Epigraph: There is a Title Card early on in episode one providing a quote from King Lear: This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.
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Author Filibuster
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Author Filibuster: The interviews with the (fictional) cast members sprinkled throughout sometimes act as this for ridiculous things (for instance, talking about a foundation to help underprivileged children learn psychokinesis). Also, it's occasionally mentioned that Garth Marenghi fills his novels with them. On one occasion, the show's action stalls to explain why buying non-brand-name batteries is a bad idea.
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I Cannot Self-Terminate
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I Cannot Self-Terminate: As spoken by Larry Renwick, now a bloodied, dismembered head after his body spontaneously explodes in "Once Upon a Beginning".
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Love Triangle
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Love Triangle: Sanchez likes Liz, but she's clearly enamoured with Rick. Unfortunately, Rick is already in love with himself.
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What If?
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What If?: Garth states that exploring "what if" scenarios was a central theme in the show.
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Putting on the Reich
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Putting on the Reich: When Dag awakens from his coma, he looks outside Reed's office to see two jackbooted apes wearing Stahlhelms and carrying MP40s.
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Missing Episode
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Missing Episode: After Channel 4 cancelled the series, Garth Marenghi stated that he may have taped over one of the 44 or so remaining in-universe episodes with one of The Thornbirds.
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Viral Transformation
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Viral Transformation: The ape regression mutation and the contagious infection with broccoli spores.
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When All You Have Is a Hammer...
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When All You Have Is a Hammer...: The doctors rarely seem to solve problems with anything other than guns, fistfights, or fire. Any actual cures or science are done totally off-screen.
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Dull Surprise
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Dull Surprise: When an actor isn't being a Large Ham or outright Chewing the Scenery, they're this. Especially true of Dean Learner (who isn't even a professional actor) and the extras.
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Big
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Big "NO!": About seven per episode. Sanch's scream when he first shakes Liz's hand is so ridiculously long that even Sanch starts looking bored and glancing around.
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Evil Redhead
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Evil Redhead: The Scottish spirits are supposed to be this in "Scotch Mist."
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Water Source Tampering
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Water Source Tampering The epidemic in episode 4 was caused by a scientist who contaminated the water supplies with a serum to turn men into monkeys. Luckily, Rick was able to develop an antidote.
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So Unfunny, It's Funny
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So Unfunny, It's Funny: The characters often spout what are supposed to be witticisms, and there are a few moments of friendly playfulness between the doctors that are intended as comic relief. They're all so cliched or poorly executed that it's funny.
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Compliment Backfire
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Compliment Backfire:
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Gosh Dang It to Heck!
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Goshdang It To Heck: Any of Thornton Reed's rants are this. Especially his "You're a flipping fool!" rants from "The Apes Of Wrath".
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Garth's showdown with the Scots is an homage to the finale in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The soundtrack is a bagpipe cover of the films climactic score, "The Trio." At the end of the same episode, Dag plays the theme from Airwolf on the bagpipes. One storyline involves an eye-monster getting born from the eye of a sex-offender getting caught up in an experimental gamma-ray surgery procedure. This sounds awfully familiar to the backstory of The Fly (1958). The green ooze in "The Apes of Wrath" that devolves people into hairy apes is lifted straight from the Doctor Who serial "Inferno".
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
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Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Rather than slapping Liz whenever she's "hysterical", Dagless punches her in the face. It's obvious Garth has "issues" with the fair sex. The fact that Madeleine's Dull Surprise acting means she looks as hysterical as someone on valium doesn't help much.
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Troperiffic
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Troperiffic: Almost every trope the show invokes is done so deliberately in order to parody it.
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This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself
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This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Rick decides to take on the Scotch Mist by himself because It's Personal.
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Took the Bad Film Seriously
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Took the Bad Film Seriously: Garth's obviously trying his best with his acting, playing everything as dramatically as he can. It doesn't work. Also, the guy playing the Temp is a pretty good actor who is clearly struggling to make his terrible dialogue sound good. invoked
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One-Word Title
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One-Word Title: Darkplace. Also most of Marenghi's novels including Slicer, Aftermath, Juggers, Slasher and R.I.P.P.E.R.
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Eureka Moment
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Eureka Moment: Spoofed in "The Apes of Wrath" when people start devolving into monkeys due to obviously green contaminated water. Dr Dagless suddenly puts all the pieces together — the fact that his friends turned into monkeys after drinking a cup of water, the only two people who haven't turned into monkeys aren't drinking the water, and that the water's a sickly green color — and concludes that he's thirsty.
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Littlest Cancer Patient
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Littlest Cancer Patient: About Once an Episode, made all the more hilarious in one instance where the kid is a heroin addict.
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Lampshaded
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Explicitly Lampshaded— in one scene Dagless states that he has five bullets remaining in his six-chamber revolver, then in the next fires nine without reloading.
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Unusual Euphemism: Thornton Reed is prone to making a lot of these. "My ass is grass and he's got a lawnmower dig?"
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Dag pulls out a flamethrower at Renwick's funeral, the Padré, quite understandably, flees the scene.
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A Glass in the Hand
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A Glass in the Hand: Thornton Reed crushes a styrofoam coffee cup in anger... which is completely clean, and had also been a shovel in the previous shot.
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This Is Going to Be Huge
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This Is Going to Be Huge: Dean Learner, Garth's publisher, believed that Darkplace would become a bigger cultural phenomenon than Quantum Leap.
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Empathic Environment
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Empathic Environment: There is rain running down the window when Rick has a bittersweet flashback to his deceased son.
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Demonic Head Shake
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Demonic Head Shake: Renwick shakes his head uncontrollably in a flashback scene when he gets possessed by evil spirits during an occult ritual gone bad.
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Attending Your Own Funeral
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Attending Your Own Funeral: During his funeral, Renwick raises from his coffin as an undead.
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He Who Must Not Be Seen
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He Who Must Not Be Seen: Won Ton, ballbusting boss of the hospital is never seen, only spoken of.
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Expy
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Expy: In-universe. Garth claims in the DVD commentary that the actor playing the Padre was cast because he played the eponymous character in the (not actually real) Padre series of films from the 70s. Todd stubbornly contradicts this, claiming that the actor threatened him with violent reprisals should he not be cast and that this was the sole reason he was given the role.
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Narm
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Narm: invoked All of the dramatic moments deliberately invoke this.
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Insistent Terminology
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Insistent Terminology: Rick/Garth continually refer to the Scottish as "Scotch" rather than "Scots".
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No Budget
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No Budget: In-universe.
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"Psycho" Strings: They play when Liz uses her telekinesis powers on the chef.
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Info Dump
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Infodump: Played for comedy in "The Apes of Wrath" where the plot was so badly written that by the end of the show Garth has to talk non-stop for nearly a minute in order to explain what the hell has been happening. Made even more hilarious when it becomes obvious that this scene was never filmed, as we hear Garth delivering a voiceover at breakneck speed whilst the screen displays stills of inanimate objects from Thornton's office.
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Space Whale Aesop
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Space Whale Aesop: "I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards. OK? What I was asking in that scene is: what if politicians continue to pay doctors peanuts, could they literally turn into monkeys? And no-one's asked that before."
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Writer on Board
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Writer on Board: In-Universe. Marenghi's opinions on various subjects are very obvious in his writing.
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Two Words: I Can't Count
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Two Words: I Can't Count: Character splits "telekinesis" into two words.
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Covert Pervert
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Covert Pervert: Reed is seen groping Liz's behind while supposedly comforting her at the end of the first episode.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Amusingly averted; Rick names both his biological son "Skipper" then later names the eyeball monster baby the same thing, having to note which one he's referring to a few times. The end of the episode reveals that both were named after Garth's deceased dog, Skipper.
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Very little doctoring is seen.
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Nightmare Retardant
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Nightmare Retardant: invoked Pretty much the whole point of the series.
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Filming for Easy Dub
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Filming for Easy Dub: There's a sequence in which the camera cuts back and forth between a wall and a potted plant while Looping Lines of the off-screen cast give an Info Dump on the plot so far. It's obviously added in post to correct some serious plot problems.
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Bad
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Bad "Bad Acting": Impressively, every character does this in a distinctly different way. Garth takes a Serious Business approach, milking every mundane line as if it's the most terrifying thing in the world. Dean is, in his own words, "not an actor" and simply blurts out his lines with no understanding of what he's saying. He also frequently glances off-camera at his lines or at the camera itself. There are also lots of obvious edits in his longer lines, making it clear that he couldn't get out his entire speech in one go. Todd has a habit of drawing out vowels and hams up every line like Tom Baker on one of his drunk days. He also has a tendency to break Lip Lock when re-dubbing his lines, also pitching his voice nearly a full octave lower in the process. He also strikes a pose whenever entering a room or turning a corner, another trait lifted from Tom Baker. Madeleine responds to everything with breathless shock and admiration. The "labourers" (including Graham Linehan) react to everything with blank expressions and bored voices: "Let's do it here. I'm really horny." They often move mechanically, apparently taking great concentration to hit their marks, and take their cues much too late. In general, characters talk quickly, rushing through their stilted dialogue. The cook, played by Stephen Merchant, is a notable example. The Temp in "Hell Hath Fury" is, by comparison, a rather good actor who has simply been given bad material to work with.
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Missing Trailer Scene
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Missing Trailer Scene: Invoked. The exploding ambulance from the opening credits is conspicuously absent from any episodes in the series. The commentary track lampshades and handwaves this by claiming that it cost so much to blow the ambulance up in the first place that it took up the entire budget for the episode it was supposed to feature in.
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Overly Long Scream
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Overly Long Scream: Sanch when shaking hands with Liz in the opener. Rick and the Temp when the latter gets pierced in the torso with screwdrivers.
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Creepy Twins
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Creepy Twins: Garth admits in the third episode that he was scared his own twin daughters would be this. Naturally he still finds a way to make it about himself being amazing, claiming that they only avoided this trope because of his good parenting.
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TV Telephone Etiquette
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TV Telephone Etiquette: Parodied in "Hell Hath Fury", among others;
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Viewer-Friendly Interface
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Viewer-Friendly Interface: The main characters will often hand each other meaningless charts and graphs, usually with the conclusion simply written out on the page in giant letters.
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: During one episode, the characters go into a lonnnnnng tangent about the superiority of name-brand batteries such as Duracell or Eveready over cheap "£1 bags" of batteries. Note that Ofcom didn't like this kind of thing at all.
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Motherly Scientist
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Motherly Scientist: Rick develops feelings for the Giant Eye baby and protects it from being dissected. His behavior is explained by his Dark and Troubled Past with his deceased son.
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Oh, Cisco!
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Oh, Cisco!:
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Big-Lipped Alligator Moment
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Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: invoked Intentionally invoked with the song "One Track Lover".
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Sitting on the Roof
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Sitting on the Roof: Every episode ends with Dagless navel-gazing on the roof at sunrise.
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Running Gag
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Running Gag: Rick and Sanch play a prank on Thornton in episode four with the result that the latter is constantly pestered by phone calls from clients asking for a massage.
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Don't Explain the Joke
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Don't Explain the Joke: Marenghi's narration frequently steps in to explain something that only an idiot wouldn't understand.
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Happy Flashback
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Happy Flashback: Rick has fond memories of playing with his dead boy in the front yard of his house.
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He's Got a Weapon!
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He's Got a Weapon!: At Renwick's funeral, Sanchez shouts "Look out, he's got a gun!" when Rick pulls out his revolver. Some obviously dubbed-in dialogue has Thornton yell, "He's got a stick!" to explain why Dagless is suddenly holding a stick in the next scene. To make the situation even more absurd, the "stick" in question is a thick branch which is completely out of place in a hospital.
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Comically Missing the Point
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Comically Missing the Point: In "Scotch Mist"
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Styrofoam Rocks
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Styrofoam Rocks: A fire extinguisher thrown at Liz bounces about a foot in the air when it hits the ground.
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Department of Redundancy Department
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Department of Redundancy Department: Liz is a graduate of Harvard College Yale. She aced every semester and got an "A." Dr. Rick Dagless, M.D. expands to "Doctor Rick Dagless, Medicinae Doctor". Real doctors choose one or the other. Also this delightful exchange from "Scotch Mist":
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China Takes Over the World
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China Takes Over the World: Thornton Reed's The Unseen boss "Won Ton" is presumably meant to be this trope. It could also possibly be Japan Takes Over the World despite wontons being Chinese; Garth Marenghi doesn't seem like the type to know the difference.
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Fun with Subtitles
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Fun with Subtitles: If you have closed captioning turned on, when the intro music starts the subtitles display "CHEESY 80S SYNTHESISER MUSIC". The Scotsmen have all their lines subtitled despite not being very difficult to understand.
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DVD Commentary
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DVD Commentary: Done by Garth, Dean and Todd. It quickly becomes evident that Todd has never actually watched the show and only vaguely remembers filming his scenes. He's not impressed by it. They also (loudly) eat toffees and drink beer during the commentary. invoked
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