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‘It's a story about a devil in the hills’

Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 5:44pm

Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan is to make his documentary series début with a new five-part series on the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork.

‘Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie’, will feature access to those closest to the case, including Ms du Plantier’s family and key suspect, British journalist Ian Bailey.

In 1996, two days before Christmas, Sophie, the wife of French filmmaker Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was brutally murdered at her holiday cottage in Schull.

Today, 24 years later, the case remains a mystery with Ian Bailey still living in West Cork and still fighting repeated extradition requests from authorities in France where he was convicted of murder in absentia in 2019 and faces 25 years in prison.

The series pieces together original evidence, never-before-seen footage and interviews with those closest to the case as Sheridan tries to make sense of what happened that night – all set against the rural landscapes and wilderness of West Cork.

Mr Sheridan is also producing the series, said that the story had fascinated him for over two decades and said that the murder “carries implications for the meaning of justice in Ireland, in France and in the UK”.

He said: “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.

“It is a story that shines a light on domestic violence. It is a story about primal fear; about a devil in the hills; about the existence of evil among us. 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.”

‘Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie’ is produced by Hell’s Kitchen in association with Sky Studios. Gary Davey, CEO of Sky Studios, said: “Jim Sheridan is the master storyteller and this series will be the definitive version of this extraordinary saga; told by those closest to the case and whose lives continue to be deeply affected by the tragedy. It is a story that takes place in the most rural wilds of Ireland but continues to reverberate around the world almost 25 years later.”

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