Richard Thorncroft is a has-been British TV actor who used to be famous in the late 1980's for playing the titular and charismatic lead role in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, a character with a Robotic eye that can literally "see the truth". Unfortunately, after becoming a little too pompous and arrogant, Richard ends up insulting both the Isle of Man and his fellow cast members on the Wogan chat-show, including his on-screen and real life love interest Patricia DeVille, (Effie Davies) his Stuntman, (Simon Farnaby) and bit-part costar Peter Easterman. (Steve Coogan) He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but 25 years later and he's balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advert by John Nettles, much to his chagrin. He is even more jealous that Easterman now fronts a long running spin-off show which has far eclipsed the success of Mindhorn. Richard has an unexpected opportunity to reignite his career though ... Written by
Did You Know?
"Bruno Mindhorn" was the name of a character who appeared briefly in an episode ("Jungle") of the radio series of The Mighty Boosh, written by and starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. See more
When Mindhorn is given the tape by Moncrieff, it's in a clear case. But when Mindhorn is running to the police station, it's not in a case anymore. See more
And by the way, that nearly blinded four teenagers in Whitby in 1989.
A song by "Richard Thorncroft" plays over the closing credits. After the credits, the music video for the same song plays. See more
References Midsomer Murders