Mindhorn. Richard 'Mindhorn' Thorncroft (Julian Barratt). Copyright: BBC Films.


2017 British comedy film about an actor reprising a decades-old role. Stars Julian Barratt, Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Simon Farnaby, Russell Tovey and others.

Mindhorn. Richard 'Mindhorn' Thorncroft (Julian Barratt).


Actor Richard Thorncroft returns to his 1980s detective role to thwart a villain, revive his career, and get the girl

Simon Farnaby
Julian Barratt, Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Simon Farnaby, Russell Tovey, Steve Coogan, Richard McCabe, Robin Morrissey and others
Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby
Sean Foley
Laura Hastings-Smith, Jack Arbuthnott, Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Natascha Wharton, Jenny Borgars, Dan MacRae, Danny Perkins, Ridley Scott, Steve Coogan and others

Washed-up actor Richard Thorncroft peaked with hit 1980s detective show Mindhorn, playing the titular Isle of Man sleuth with a rather unique ability.

As a captured MI5 Special Operative, Bruce Mindhorn's eye was replaced by a super-advanced optical lie detector, which meant he could literally "see the truth". Mindhorn escaped and fled to the Isle of Man, to recuperate in the island's temperate micro-climate, and became the best plain-clothes detective the island had ever seen...

Decades later, when a deranged Manx criminal demands Mindhorn as his nemesis, Thorncroft returns to the scene of his greatest triumphs for one last chance to reignite his glory days, professional credibility and even romance with former co-star/paramour Patricia Deville.

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