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.
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 ...Written by
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 »
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 »