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Mindhorn (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 5 May 2017 (UK)
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A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.



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Exclusive: 'Mindhorn' Interview from the 1980s Resurfaces

An interview with Richard Thorncroft, filmed during his time playing TV detective Mindhorn, has been discovered as a movie about the actor is released in the UK.

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Credited cast:
DC Baines
Paul Melly / The Kestral
Peter Eastman
Simon Callow
Mayor George Baines
Chief Inspector Derek Newsome
News Reporter
Dad With Newspaper


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 Edward Hunter

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Release Date:

5 May 2017 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Майндхорн  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


Richard Thorncroft: And by the way, that nearly blinded four teenagers in Whitby in 1989.
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Crazy Credits

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 (1997) See more »

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Too scattershot
14 May 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is not often I get to say this in a review. I could see my house in this film, well my childhood home.

Mindhorn was a hit 1980s television show set in the Isle of Man starring Richard Thorncroft. It was basically Bergerac with a bionic eye.

Now Thorncroft after a drunken rant on the Wogan show is washed up and unemployed. His agent has not been able to find work for him for years.

However a deranged Manx criminal Paul Melly, wanted for murder demands he will only talk to Detective Mindhorn and Thorncroft returns to the island hoping the publicity will get him work and unite with his ex star who was also his ex wife.

A promising premise with cameos from Kenneth Branagh and Simon Callow playing themselves and Steve Coogan playing a side character in the Mindhorn series who now has his own spin off show.

The problem is the movie is too uneven, the plot does not hang together well, it was not that amusing even dull at times. The film is just really a long sketch and really not too far from the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa which also starred Coogan.

However it is nice to see the Isle of Man play itself when in other films it is used to portray other locations.

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