Mindhorn – Official UK Trailer – Julian Barratt

Mindhorn Mindhorn is the name of the late ’80s TV detective played by Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), or so this film would have you believe as… yes, it’s a spoof/comedy!

He plays Richard Thorncroft, the titular has-been British TV actor in the series, and in similar style to Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will *only* speak with Detective Mindhorn, despite the character being a work of fiction.

Set on the Isle of Man, Mindhorn was a show about 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 both 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 (Effie Davies) his Stuntman, (Simon Farnaby) and bit-part costar Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan).

He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but 25 years later and he’s balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advert 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, though …

This is the sort of thing that can either work or not, but based on the trailer, it looks a hit. It was the first trailer that showed up in the cinema before Free Fire, and I was cracking up on a regular basis over the two minutes or so it lasted.

Mindhorn is released in the UK on May 5th.

Director: Sean Foley
Writers: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby
Also stars: Andrea Riseborough, Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, David Schofield, Nicholas Farrell, Tony Way, Richard McCabe

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.