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RTE snubbed Jim Sheridan’s Sophie Toscan du Plantier crime series

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Jim Sheridan has revealed that his Sky Crime docu-series Murder At The Cottage was pitched to RTE and Virgin Media Television, but was snubbed by both.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, Jim Sheridan are posing for a picture© Provided by Extra.ie

The crime series tells the true story of the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case, the French woman who was killed in 1996.

Her death was widely discussed by media in both Ireland and France, and now chatter has reemerged following the release of two docu-series about the case.Jim Sheridan wearing a suit and tie: Jim Sheridan has revealed that his Sky Crime docu-series Murder At The Cottage was pitched to RTE and Virgin Media Television, but was snubbed by both. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios© Provided by Extra.ie Jim Sheridan has revealed that his Sky Crime docu-series Murder At The Cottage was pitched to RTE and Virgin Media Television, but was snubbed by both. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios

Mr Sheridan released his series on Sky Crime, also available on Now TV, while Netflix released another series that followed the same case, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Mr Sheridan was discussing the popularity of superhero films and criticising such, saying that they are dominating the industry.

Conversation turned to that of movies on streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, with the director saying ‘people don’t talk about them’ and there are ‘no water cooler moments’.Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier sitting on top of a grass covered field: Mr Sheridan released his series Murder At The Cottage on Sky Crime, also available on Now TV, while Netflix released another series that followed the same case, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. Pic: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Sheridan released his series Murder At The Cottage on Sky Crime, also available on Now TV, while Netflix released another series that followed the same case, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. Pic: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty Images

‘All the small movies are getting pushed on to the Netflix stream or Amazon platforms and just disappearing into the ether,’ he said.

‘There’s no way to judge if they are successful or not.’

When quizzed about his own recent work available on a streaming platform, Jim insisted it wasn’t the same situation.Jim Sheridan holding a sign: When quizzed about his own recent work available on a streaming platform, Jim insisted it wasn’t the same situation. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie When quizzed about his own recent work available on a streaming platform, Jim insisted it wasn’t the same situation. Pic: Getty Images

‘It wasn’t a question that I just decided one day, “Lets do it on Sky Crime,” Jim went around begging and trying to get the thing out on every channel in the world — including RTE and TV3 [now Virgin Media Television], BBC — until he got enough finance to be able to make it through Sky’ he explained.

Mr Sheridan brought the conversation back to that of superhero movies and American movies in general, saying: ‘It’s getting to the stage where the only real movies being made are American movies and all the issues you’re talking about are American issues that don’t really have deep relevance in Ireland.’a man wearing a hat: One person who is connected to the Toscan du Plantier case is British journalist Ian Bailey, who continues to live in Cork. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios© Provided by Extra.ie One person who is connected to the Toscan du Plantier case is British journalist Ian Bailey, who continues to live in Cork. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios

One person who is connected to the Toscan du Plantier case is British journalist Ian Bailey, who continues to live in Cork.

There is no forensic evidence linking him to the murder and no charges in Ireland have ever been brought forward against him.

Despite the lack of evidence against Mr Bailey, he continues to be the main focus of much of the narrative around the case and he continues to speak about it.a man wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: Despite the lack of evidence against Mr Bailey, he continues to be the main focus of much of the narrative around the case and he continues to speak about it. Pic: Niall Carson/PA/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Despite the lack of evidence against Mr Bailey, he continues to be the main focus of much of the narrative around the case and he continues to speak about it. Pic: Niall Carson/PA/PA Wire

In an interview with Niall Boylan on Classic Hits Radio, Mr Bailey claimed that some locals in west Cork told him that he was ‘grand’ even if he was involved in the murder — although he immediately informed them that he was not.

When asked how he was treated by the locals, he explained: ‘With the exception of a few of the, I call them that they were in the “he did it” camp, I have nothing but 100% support from the very good people of west Cork.’

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