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The five part series, which is coming soon to Sky Crime and NOW, is directed by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan and features access to people closest to the case, including Sophie's family and key suspect Ian Bailey.
Check out the first look teaser below:
In 1996, just two days before Christmas, Sophie, the wife of French filmmaker Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was brutally murdered at her holiday cottage in Schull, West Cork.
The key suspect in Sophie's murder is English journalist Ian Bailey, who was also the first person on the scene. He was quickly arrested by local police following eye-witness reports, yet was never found guilty in Ireland, owing to a lack of reliable evidence.
Years later in 2019, Bailey was found guilty in absentia by the French courts and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Having successfully fought repeated extradition requests from the French authorities, Bailey still resides in West Cork and maintains his innocence to this day.
Sheridan, who also narrates the doc as well as appears on screen, will take viewers along as he unravels the unsolved case almost 25 years after it happened in West Cork. The series pieces together original evidence, never-before-seen footage and interviews with those closest to the case.
The director and producer said: "This is a story that has fascinated me for over two decades. It is a murder that carries implications for the meaning of justice in Ireland, in France and in the UK. 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, a Sky Original documentary, is coming to Sky Crime and NOW soon.
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