There is something quite special about the 80’s when it comes to detective shows, bad hair, bad fashion sense and the icing on the doughnut the hilarious cringe-worthy exaggerated acting that made these shows car crash TV. From the new trailer for Mindhorn, anyone old enough to remember these will be flooded with a whole host of nostalgia.
The trailer show’s a washed-up has-been actor, Richard Thorncroft (played by Julian Barratt) 25 years after he become a household name in the hit TV show, Mindhorn. Grey and balding and belly for of the high-life – time has not been kind. Thorncroft unexpectedly gets a return call to act out his detective-like skills but this time not for any show but to help catch an escaped real life criminal who will only deal with Mindhorn in his negotiations. Packed full of hilarious, yet eye-rolling gags and antics, Mindhorn looks all kinds of fun but could prove to get just behind silly all too quickly.
Sean Foley directs on a script which has been co-written by BIFA nominated Barratt (The Might Boosh) and Simon Farnaby and has a cast that includes Simon Farnaby as Clive Parnevik, they are joined by Essie Davis (The Babadook, Games of Thrones) Russell Tovey (Pride, Being Human), Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline, Birdman) Jessica Barden (Far From The Madding Crowd), Harriet Walter (The Crown, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, Philomena).
MINDHORN is released in the UK on 5th May 2017.
Mindhorn Official Synopsis
Washed-up Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) peaked with hit 1980s detective show Mindhorn, playing the titular Isle of Man sleuth with a robotic eye that allowed him to literally “see the truth”. 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 (Essie Davis).