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Netflix announce new documentary investigating notorious Cork murder

By Rory Cashin

November 16, 2020 at 2:36pm


The investigation was a huge story in Ireland in the late '90s.

Netflix have announced the development of a three-part documentary series based around the life and murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Also the topic of the hit West Cork podcast series, Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a French film producer who was found dead in the driveway of her holiday home in Schull in Cork, in December 1996.

Netflix state that the documentary will "will tell the story of the 1996 murder that became a national obsession in Ireland and France. With exclusive access to Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family the series will, for the first time, bring together the testimony of her entire family with that of Ian Bailey, the man at the centre of the investigation."

Bailey maintains his innocence, but in 2019 a French court tried and convicted Bailey in his absence, although the Irish courts have recently ruled against his extradition.

Simon Chinn, co-Founder of Lightbox and Executive Producer said: "This series will take viewers on a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns as we carefully unravel an extraordinary story from its beginning, 24 years ago, to the present day.

"As the only documentary project ever to have been made with the blessing of Sophie’s family, we feel it’s critical to properly understand who Sophie was as a person and the events that led her to her terrible fate.

"The series will include interviews with the key players in Ireland and France, including the man convicted in France of Sophie’s murder, Ian Bailey, and we will drill down into the evidence surrounding a murder investigation which remains mired in anguish and controversy."

The documentary series is scheduled to debut on Netflix in 2021.

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