Sunday, 8.30pm, Fox8 Bates Motel is a prequel of sorts to the 1960 film Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal masterpiece of suspense. In the manner of other recent re-imaginings for television, such as Wentworth, based on the old Prisoner series, and Hannibal, based on the film The Silence of the Lambs, the story precedes events in the original material but is set in the present. Bates Motel therefore brings us Hitchcock’s shadowy villain, Norman Bates, as a fresh-faced but troubled teen, with fingers flying on his mobile phone. Played with a beautiful mixture of innocence and preordained doom by Freddie Highmore ( Finding Neverland, The Golden Compass), Norman is a boy divided between furious loyalty to his semi-deranged mother and the desire to break free. Following the mysterious death of his father, which curiously seems not to bother his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), mother and son buy a run-down old motel in a new town to make a fresh start. While Norman is polite and even attractive to girls at his new school, he clearly has a mummy problem. Confident and empowered, Norma is nevertheless already well on her way around the bend. Shocking events in this debut episode mean the two must collude on the disposal of a body and steel it out with local police.