Director: Sean Foley
Cast: Julian Barratt, Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Russell Tovey, Simon Farnaby, Richard McCabe
Country of Origin: UK 2016 89 mins. (15)
Released by StudioCanal
Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) with his high tech bionic left eye able to see into criminal minds hit the 1980s top ratings as TVs Isle of Man ace detective, Mindhorn. Move on a few years and it's a grotty bedside, a wig, middle age spread and a top ten show bizz failure CV - Series cancelled, fired from a TV advert for orthopaedic socks, his old flame's Patricia Deville (Essie Davis) still on the Isle of Man working as a TV journalist and married to an ex-stunt man Clive Parnevik (Simon Farnaby) and a minor character in the series, Peter Eastman (Steve Coogan) has hit the big time. And then along comes the Kestrel (Russel Tovey), the Manx serial killer who'll only talk to Mindhorn, whom he believes is the real thing. Could this be Thorncroft's headline grabbing, glory days again, and even a chance of romance with Patricia Deville.
Written by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosch and Simon Farnaby, 'Mindhorn' goes for that off-the-wall humour, that gave 'I'm Alan Partridge,' and 'The office.' Julian Barratt nails it with some great lines, in-jokes and the like and Simon Farnaby and Steve Coogan offer fun support. Will there be a small screen fan base waiting in the wings cheering the spoof detective back on his Isle of Man patch? Who knows.