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29 July 2020 00:31

Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son, Sky 1, review: An instantly addictive show starring Michael Sheen as a serial killer

SUBSCRIBE Invalid email Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. FOX series Prodigal Son will be airing in the UK tonight (Tuesday, July 28) on Sky Atlantic at 9pm. The 20-part series is likely to appeal to fans of Hannibal, Mindhunter and True Detective as each episode sees a police team taking on a fresh case. Who is in the cast of Prodigal Son? His other roles include Luck, New Worlds and Wuthering Heights before he made his film debut in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Further credits from the star include Skins, Waterloo Road and Fear The Walking Dead.

READ MORE: Prodigal Son season 2 release date, cast, trailer, plot Prodigal Son sees the NYPD enlist the help of a serial killer Prodigal Son sees a fresh case each week READ MORE The Sinner: Five shows to watch if you like The Sinner on Netflix Dr. Martin Whitly - Michael Sheen Fellow British actor Michael Sheen takes on the dark role of Malcolm's serial killer father Dr Martin Whitly. Prodigal Son stars Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright Prior to Prodigal Son, she appeared in The Orville as well as movies X Men: Dark Phoenix, You Got Me and Before I Fall. Mindhunter season 3: Netflix release date: Will there be a new series? Prodigal Son has already been greenlit for season 2 There's something very familiar about Prodigal Son (Sky One). That might have invited unkind comparisons, so it's just as well that they've drafted in the versatile Michael Sheen as the Lecteresque serial killer Martin Whitly, nicknamed The Surgeon because – well – he was a surgeon, and a distinguished one, once moving in the grandest of New York circles.

The shock is that the young son turns out to be our floundering ex-FBI agent, Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne). Who better for Malcolm to turn to than his dad, who he's not seen for a decade – hence the return of the "prodigal" son. Could it be, Malcolm asks his father, that he had cunningly set the new killer up, in an elaborate ploy to regain contact with his son? Prodigal Son airs on Tuesday on Sky One at 9pm Prodigal Son I doubt that Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver, the creators of the US import Prodigal Son, would cite a 1970s BBC comedy set in Oil Drum Lane, Shepherds Bush, as an immediate inspiration for their glossy new show, but there were certainly whiffs of Steptoe-ish intensity between the moneyed Manhattan thoracic specialist Dr Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen) and his son, Malcolm (Tom Payne) — with one or two key Now, after wickedly impersonating Chris Tarrant in ITV's Quiz and indulging in some comical actor-baiting in the BBC's Staged, he arrives in Sky 1's new US import Prodigal Son as the brilliant Dr Martin Whitly. But behind his suave and charming exterior, Dr Whitly is a profoundly deranged serial killer, known as The Surgeon, now serving lifelong jail time for the murder of 23 victims.

Malcolm has inherited his father's intellectual acuity, but is tormented almost to insanity by the flashbacks and nightmares he suffers as a result of being brought up by a predatory sociopath (to give Dr Whitly his correct diagnosis). His father's malign influence keeps coming back to him as he remembers how his father creepily told him "we're the same," as he was dragged away by police when Malcolm was a child. The battle of wits between father and son is at the core of the show, as the Doc schemes and wheedles to pull Malcolm back under his influence, begging to help him solve crimes (echoes of the diabolical Hannibal Lecter are inescapable). Malcolm is desperate not to succumb, but his dilemma is that he knows his father can offer priceless assistance. Indeed, it was because of this insider knowledge that his police buddy Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips) first called him in, to help find a killer who was blatantly copying his dad.

This is an instantly addictive show, dominated by the blackly comic Sheen but also sprinkled with delicious character roles, not least Bellamy Young (pictured above) as his clever but devious wife Jessica. Prodigal Son, Sky 1, review: An instantly addictive show starring Michael Sheen as a serial killer A serial killer doctor and his cop son with 'psychotic tendencies' join forces to catch other murderers in this new US import After his droll turn in Staged, Michael Sheen arrives in Sky 1's latest US import, Prodigal Son. He plays Dr Martin Whitly, charming, brilliant and… a deranged serial killer, known as The Surgeon, jailed for the murder of 23 victims. The twist is that the Doc's son Malcolm (Tom Payne) works as a profiler for the NYPD, having been sacked by the FBI because of his "psychotic tendencies". Malcolm has inherited his father's intellectual acuity, but is tormented almost to insanity by the nightmares he suffers as a result of being brought up by a predatory sociopath (to give Dr Whitly his correct diagnosis). Malcolm is desperate not to succumb, but knows his father (like the notorious Hannibal Lecter) can offer priceless assistance, such as in this episode where a copycat killer was replicating Whitly's murders.