TV Review: Prodigal Son (Sky One) – Season One

Created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver, Prodigal Son aired on Sky One in August 2020 and centers on FBI profiler Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne). Now a consultant for the New York Police Department, Malcolm is forced to confront his father, the infamous serial killer Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), known as “The Surgeon”, after a copycat serial killer uses Whitly’s methods of killing. As a child, Malcolm was responsible for enabling the police to arrest his father, and has not seen his father in ten years. Now, he finds himself drawn back into constant contact with his father as he must both use Whitly’s insights to help the police solve particularly horrible crimes and battle his own inner demons.


As soon as I realised that Tom Payne played Jesus in The Walking Dead, I was instantly interested in this series and couldn’t wait to see him in the lead.

And what better way to play on our obsession with serial killers and criminal investigations than to merge the two worlds and balance on the periphery. With grotesque murders, disturbing characters, malicious motives, and dark intrigue, it’s certainly a series that will keep you hooked.

The cast are all brilliant. Payne leads the show with great energy and has an amazing support from those who play his colleagues and family. And of course, Michael Sheen is brilliant, as always, although I did want to see a lot more of him.

The only problem I had with the series is that 20 episodes felt far too long. I needed a break in the middle of it to step away for a little while and appreciate what I had been watching. But without a break, there was just too much that I was waiting for that it ended up feeling tiresome when the big finale finally arrived.

I’m still looking forward to a second season, although I’m not sure if it will manage to keep my interest piqued as high a second time around.

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