Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie

Available 20 June
This five-part series examines the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork in 1996.

About Murder at the Cottage

Two days before Christmas in 1996, Sophie Toscan du Plantier was brutally murdered at her holiday cottage in Schull, West Cork. The murder rocked the quiet Irish town and 24 years later, the case remains a mystery. This series sees six-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Jim Sheridan, piece together original evidence, never-before-seen footage, and interviews with those closest to the case to try to make sense of what really happened.

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Episode guide

Find out more about Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie
Find out more about Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie

Episode 1

Acclaimed filmmaker Jim Sheridan begins his investigation into the brutal murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork in 1996.

Episode 2

Early suspects in the murder case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier begin to emerge, including English journalist Ian Bailey, the first reporter on the crime scene.

Episode 3

The murder case continues with false leads, changing witness statements and a failure to charge a suspect despite more than 50 initial suspects identified by the Irish police.

Episode 4

Years later, the French authorities take over the investigation from the Irish Police and circle around one key suspect: Ian Bailey. A battle between cultures and judicial systems looms large.

Episode 5

After 24 years of suspicion, the French authorities put Ian Bailey on trial in absentia. The defendant remains in his home in West Cork while French Magistrates deliberate on his fate.

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