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Sophie: A Murder In West Cork Drops Today

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Sophie: A Murder In West Cork Drops Today

TV fans who aren't currently watching the Euros or Love Island, we have something else you should stick on your screens this evening.

Netflix has now dropped Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, a three-part series that examines one of Ireland's most infamous murders.

Watch the trailer below.

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For those of you not aware of the case, the true crime doc examines the murder of French documentary producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Schull, West Cork in 1996.

She had travelled to her holiday home in the idyllic countryside, and was found brutally beaten to death just days before Christmas.

The news of the murder shocked locals, as West Cork was known to be an otherwise quiet and peaceful place.

Sophie's murder triggered one of the biggest investigations Ireland had ever seen, and remains one of the country's most infamous murders.

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English journalist Ian Bailey, who was the first person to have uncovered Sophie's body, was the prime suspect in the murder investigation.

Ian Bailey was arrested by local police following eye-witness reports, however he was never found guilty in Ireland, owing to a lack of reliable evidence.

Sophie was found brutally beaten to death in her holiday home (Credit: Netflix)
Sophie was found brutally beaten to death in her holiday home (Credit: Netflix)

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.

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The team behind Sophie: A Murder In West Cork have since explained that they hope this series will "honour" Sophie as they seek to discover what happened to Sophie, and why, 25 years ago.

The documentary makers hope this will 'honour' Sophie (Credit: Netflix)
The documentary makers hope this will 'honour' Sophie (Credit: Netflix)

Executive producer, Suzanne Lavery said of her work: "In making this documentary we wanted to honour Sophie, her family and that rural community in the West of Ireland.

"Even now, I find it genuinely astonishing that something so terrible could have happened not just to a woman who appeared to have such a gilded life but in such a beautiful place and to a community that prided itself on its peacefulness, its safety and inclusivity. It's what drew Sophie there.

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"What does seem so tragic, is that Sophie's perfect escape turned out to be where she lost her life. And the shock of it still reverberates in that community 25 years later."

Producer Sarah Lambert added: "It's been our privilege to explore who she was and to bring that to the audience. We hope we have done her justice."

Sophie: A Murder In West Cork is available to watch on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: True Crime, TV News, TV & Film, Netflix

Kimberley Bond
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