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 ...
Tough on crime, easy on the eye.
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Did You Know?
This movie takes place in 1989 and July 2016. See more
Whilst Moncrieff puts the VHS tape in a clear plastic case, he hands over an empty one to Mindhorn. See more
This isn't the Bronx, this is the Isle of Man!
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