New Sophie Toscan du Plantier documentary coming to Irish TV this month
Murder at the Cottage is coming to Sky Crime and NOW later this month.
The first trailer for the highly anticipated documentary about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier was released earlier this year.
Toscan du Plantier was a French TV producer who was beaten to death in Schull, County Cork in December 1996.
Since her death, journalist Ian Bailey has been arrested twice but he maintains that he is innocent.
In 2019, a Parisian court convicted Bailey of Sophie's murder and sentenced him to 25 years in prison. Last year, however, the Irish High court ruled that Bailey could not be extradited to France to face his sentence. A month later, the Irish State did not appeal the High Court's ruling, which effectively prevented any attempts to extradite Bailey in the future.
The Sophie Toscan du Plantier case was also the subject of West Cork, a hugely popular podcast produced on Audible.
The latest exploration of the investigation from Sky is set to be equally illuminating.
Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie is a five-part series from Irish director and playwright Jim Sheridan.
The true crime documentary will feature interviews with Ian Bailey as well as key people in Sophie's life. Viewers can also expect unseen footage and original evidence relating to the case.
Speaking on the upcoming project, Sheridan said:
"This is a story that has fascinated me for over two decades. It is a murder that carries implications for the meaning of justice in Ireland, in France and in the UK."
He continued: "It is a murder that calls into question the meaning of Europe, as the convicted man in France is free in Ireland. It is a story that calls into question the meaning and process of the police and the legal system."
Additionally, Sheridan thanked all those seeking justice for Sophie.
Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie is coming to Sky Crime and NOW on June 20.