Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Bates Motel is a contemporary prequel exploring the dark, twisted world inhabited by Norman Bates and his mother, Norma. In an intimate portrayal of their relationship, viewers will unravel the intricate psyche of Norma, and see firsthand how she creates a son who becomes one of the most well-known serial killers in history.
The one-hour drama series stars Oscar-nominated and award-winning actress Vera Farmiga as Norma, the resilient, intelligent, beautiful and complicated mother of 17-year-old Norman Bates. A contemporary single mother, she is emotionally complex and utterly devoted to her son, constantly juggling her own needs and some hardcore baggage while trying to create a new home in a new town for herself and Norman.
Farmiga is joined by double SAG nomine and Film Critics’ Best Young Actor winner Freddie Highmore who plays the young Norman Bates, a smart, quietly funny, handsome and sometimes shy teenager with an intensely close bond to his mother. Norman is resistant to starting over in a new town, but begins to change his mind as he spreads his wings a little.
Bates Motel has received rave reviews from the US press since its launch on America’s A&E Network, with the premiere episode becoming the most-watched original drama in the key demographics in the network’s history.
Sunday May 26 at 8.30pm.