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
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Although the number plates on Mindhorns car show the Manx 3 legs of Man, the actual registration number is English and not a Manx one. 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. But 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 3 years/seasons. As such 2016 would be 25 years after the TV shows end. See more
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A song by "Richard Thorncroft" plays over the closing credits. After the credits, the music video for the same song plays. See more