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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place in 1989 and July 2016. See more »


The opening sequence is set in 1989, when "Mindhorn" the TV show is being made. The rest of the film is then set "25 years later" which would be 2014. However, when Thorncroft is caught on CCTV running through the streets drunk, the time stamp on the video clearly shows 2016. However, as stated the TV show "Mindhorn" ran for three years/seasons. As such, 2016 would be 25 years after the TV show's end. See more »


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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 »


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Simply a great fun and highly amusing comedy.
15 September 2017 | by (London,United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Washed up actor Richard Thorncroft once had it all with his hit eighties show 'Mindhorn' where he played a bionic cop – a bit like the Six Million Dollar Man but more for a price quoted in Pounds, shillings and pence. Then a brutal murder happens on The Isle of Man and the number one suspect will only deal with the legendary detective… despite the fact he is fictional.

Eager to relaunch his career and get back to the days of being recognised by the 'great unwashed' he accepts the gig and goes back in to character. Little does he know that when he walks back on to that island he walks back into the past and a whole 'cluster farque' of problems.

Needless to say I loved this. The slapstick, overacting and badly fitting wigs are a joy to behold. The marvellous Julian Barratt plays Mindhorn perfectly and all the cast are great with Kenneth Brannagh giving a career best (IMHO) when he appears in a dream sequence. Russell Tovey seemed to be having a ball too and as for Mr Simon Callow he is always oodles of fun. All in all a great film and I wish there were more like it.

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