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Episode 24: The Sophie Toscan Du Plantier murder - the suspects, the mystery and the myths

Nicola Tallant chats with journalist Donal MacIntyre on the 25th anniversary of the French woman's grisly killing

Nicola Tallant chats with investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre about his new documentary 'Murder in the Cottage'

Nicola Tallant

It reads like a script from an Agatha Christie murder mystery – a beautiful young French woman bludgeoned to death at her idyllic holiday home, a shocked community who fear there is a killer amongst them and a struggling police force who find more questions than answers.

Twenty-five years since the body of Sophie Toscan du Plantier was discovered discarded in the rural Cork village of Schull, two major documentary series are being released.

'Murder at the Cottage', directed by award winning Jim Sheridan and produced by investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre, will be shown on Sky next month and will detail the twists and turns in the case.

The five-part documentary will focus in on the self-professed chief suspect Ian Bailey and examine how the stunning landscape of west Cork created one of the most intriguing murder mysteries in recent decades.

This week, Nicola Tallant is joined by former colleague Donal MacIntyre, who has been immersed in the case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier since 2014, when he first examined the story for the Sunday World.

He tells me why he was gripped by the case, how he and his team have filmed hundreds of hours of footage for his new series and he clears up a few myths that have dogged the investigation for years.

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