Mindhorn is a successful TV series…or was back in the 1980’s. Richard Thorncroft was the main star of the show, or was back in the 1980’s, but now times have changed.
Thorncroft, Julian Barratt (The Might Boosh (TV), A Field In England), was the charismatic star of 80’s hit TV show Mindhorn, a man who could see the truth with his bionic eye.
Unfortunately for Thorncroft, that was 25 years ago at a time when, in a moment of drunken-arrogance on the chat-show, Wogan, he insults the Isle of Man, where Mindhorn is filmed, and the rest of the cast.
Whilst the rest of the cast, his stuntman, Simon Farnaby (Horrible Histories (TV), Rogue One), real-life love interest, Effie Davies (The Babadook, The Matrix Reloaded) and co-star, Steve Coogan (Philomena, Despicable Me 3), are relatively grounded, Thorncroft is anything but.
He tries to make it in Hollywood but fails and when we catch up with him, he’s a balding, out-of-work actor, living in North London and has just lost his main gig advertising compression socks to John Nettles.
But a possible chance to resurrect his career arrives when a serial killer, Russell Tovey (The History Boys, Grabbers), who believes Mindhorn to be real, begins asking for him back on the Isle of Man.
The police draft him in but the ever pompous and arrogant Thorncroft is doing everything he can to turn things into a PR stunt, not caring that people are actually being killed.