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This story behind the hugely successful series, Prodigal Son, is intriguing. (Image: Supplied)
This story behind the hugely successful series, Prodigal Son, is intriguing. (Image: Supplied)

Imagine, for a second, that you catch killers for a living. Your father is one of the most notorious serial killers that ever lived, and he taught you everything there is to know about the criminal mind. 

Now, imagine partnering with your serial killer father to help the police solve other murders. This is the eerily intriguing story behind the hugely successful series, Prodigal Son.

Premiering Wednesday 19 February at 19:30 on M-Net (101), Prodigal Son centers on Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne - The Walking Dead), a psychologist who has a gift for understanding how serial killers think, because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen - Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon), was once a notorious serial killer called The Surgeon.

Bright is the best criminal psychologist around, and murder is the family business. He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with his manipulative mother, Jessica Whitly (Bellamy Young - Scandal, Criminal Minds), his annoyingly normal sister, Ainsly Whitly (Halston Sage - The Orville) and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, not to mention his own constantly evolving neuroses.

The only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lou Diamond Phillips - Longmire, Stand and Deliver). Arroyo is one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team – Detective Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau - The Carmichael Show, Jem and the Holograms), a headstrong no-nonsense cop who quickly becomes impressed with Bright’s work; and Detective JT Tarmel (Frank Harts - Master of None, Billions), a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself.

During an investigation, Malcolm uncovers a striking bit of information - the killer they are investigating is impersonating another serial killer...his father, Dr. Whitly!

Bright enlists the help of his father to uncover the impersonator and solve other murders. But will this unsuspecting dream team become dangerous? Is Malcolm more like his father than he’d care to admit? Will the serial killer father get his son back?

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