Richard Thorncroft is a has-been British TV actor who used to be famous in the late 1980's for playing the titular and charismatic lead role in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, 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.
Andrea Riseborough....DC Baines
Russell Tovey....Paul Melly
David Schofield....Chief Inspector Derek Newsome
Simon Farnaby....Clive Parnevik
Tony Way....Dad With Newspaper
Richard McCabe....Geoffrey Moncrieff
Alex Duncan....News Reporter
Robin Morrissey....PC Green
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.