Richard Thorncroft is a has-been British television actor who used to be famous in the late 1980s for playing the charismatic title character 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 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 (Essie Davies), his stuntman (Simon Farnaby), and bit-part co-star Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan). He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but twenty-five years later he's balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advertisement 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 ...
Did You Know?
The "Mindhorn" opening titles pay homage to The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). Both characters are given a bionic implant to help them fight bad guys. See more
Although introduced as Chief Inspector Newsome, he is wearing the rank insignia of a Chief Constable. See more
Pow! This little firecracker is the real star of Mindhorn.
Maybe I could get some more lines next time.
That's a good one.
A song by "Richard Thorncroft" plays over the closing credits. After the credits, the music video for the same song plays. See more