Murder at the Cottage, is well Produced by Jim Sheridan, worth a Watch – see Sky Crime Sunday 9 pm.

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family ask for interviews to be removed from documentary

20th June 2021


Ahead of the 25th anniversary of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s death, two documentaries are set to air, one on Sky and another on Netflix, and will land on their respective platforms just days apart.a close up of Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier: Netflix say their documentary has been made with the blessing of Sophie’s family Pic: REX© Provided by Evoke.ie Netflix say their documentary has been made with the blessing of Sophie’s family Pic: REX

Irish director Jim Sheridan helmed the five-part series for Sky and has shared that Sophie’s family were in immense pain as they have yet to receive justice for her death.

Despite their hope that her killer will be brought to justice, the family reached out to Jim Sheridan asking him to remove their interviews from the documentary which began to air on Sunday, June 20.

Understandably, it wasn’t an easy decision for the director to make, but he had to follow the family’s wishes.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier sitting in a chair talking on the phone: The family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer who was beaten to death outside her holiday home near Toormore, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland, have asked for their interviews to be removed from one of the two upcoming documentaries Pic: PA© Provided by Evoke.ie 

The family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer who was beaten to death outside her holiday home near Toormore, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland, have asked for their interviews to be removed from one of the two upcoming documentaries Pic: PA

Speaking on RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor Show, he felt like they wanted to remove the footage as it seemed to infer that the press was ‘hounding’ Ian Bailey. The journalist was found guilty in court in France but has never been charged in Ireland.

‘You know it’s a very difficult decision for them. They are just not in a good place because they are in grief,’ Jim stated.

‘I just don’t know what it would be like, you can imagine yourself. They are stuck in this awful pain.’https://www.youtube.com/embed/F4vQx7dcVbU?autoplay=0&showinfo=1&wmode=opaque&modestbranding=1&enablejsapi=1&fs=1&rel=0&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.msn.com&widgetid=1Video player from: YouTube (Privacy PolicyTerms)

It is claimed that the family wanted their parts removed as they felt like Ian Bailey was being depicted as a victim after they watched the documentary.

He has continuously stated his innocence after being arrested and questioned twice by Gardaí. He has never been charged in Ireland, although he was found guilty of the murder in France, where he did not attend the trial.

On three separate occasions, French courts have tried to have Ian Bailey extradited to Paris, however, they have all been rejected by Irish courts.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her husband Daniel and son Pierre-Louis. Pic: Netflix© Provided by Evoke.ie Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her husband Daniel and son Pierre-Louis. Pic: Netflix

39-year-old Sophie Toscan du Plantier was beaten to death as she attempted to flee from an intruder at her isolated holiday home at Toormore outside Schull on December 23, 1996.

Murder at the Cottage: The Search of Justice for Sophie is currently available on NOW and Sky Crime, while Netflix’s documentary, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, will air on June 30.

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