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Cold case TV Sky TV to air documentary on killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered in Cork in 1996

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered in Cork in 1996

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered in Cork in 1996

JIM Sheridan’s no-holds-barred documentary series on the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier is to be released next year by Sky TV. 

Produced by former Sunday World journalist Donal MacIntyre, Murder at the Cottage: The search for justice for Sophie, will examine the circumstances surrounding the killing of the young French TV producer in Schull, Co. Cork in 1996.

This will be the first television project to forensically examine the now infamous cold case and will feature interviews with both Ian Bailey and the family members of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier.

Sheridan, who will also narrate the series, said: “This is a story that has fascinated me for over two decades.

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Ian Bailey was found guilty in absentia by a French court

Ian Bailey was found guilty in absentia by a French court

Ian Bailey was found guilty in absentia by a French court

“It’s a murder that carries implications for the meaning of justice in Ireland, in France and in the UK... that calls into question the meaning of Europe, as the convicted man in France is free in Ireland.

“It’s a story that calls into question the meaning and process of the police and the legal system.

“It’s a story that shines a light on domestic violence.

“I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this series but in particular to Sophie’s family who are still searching for justice.”

Ian Bailey was found guilty in absentia by a French court in 2019 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

However, former journalist Bailey successfully fought repeated extradition attempts from the French authorities.

He still resides in West Cork and maintains his innocence.

All in all Sheridan has been filming this documentary series for almost five years and has amassed over 4000 hours of filming.

It was initially reported that the documentary was being made in conjunction with Netflix however the series was produced by Hell’s Kitchen in association with Sky Studios.


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