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13th May 2021

Chernobyl producers to adapt Sophie Toscan Du Plantier podcast West Cork

Rory Cashin

It is one of three projects currently in development based around the 1996 murder.

2019’s Chernobyl was without a doubt one of the best series on TV in recent years, and the production company behind that show will next be focussing on bringing an adaptation of the West Cork podcast to the small screen.

As reported by Deadline, production company Sister will be developing the new show alongside Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde, the journalists behind the podcast, as well as Audible, the podcasting platform that West Cork was initially available on.

West Cork investigated the murder of French TV and film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, which took place in Schull in 1996.

The prime suspect in the case, English journalist Ian Bailey – who was also the first reporter on the scene – has been arrested twice for Du Plantier’s murder and has also been sentenced to 25 years in prison, having been found guilty in absentia by French authorities in 2019.

It is currently unknown if this new adaptation will be a documentary series, or a dramatised version of events, much like what Sister helped to create for Chernobyl.

There are also two more projects currently in development based around the murder, with both Sky and Netflix to release multi-episode documentaries in 2021.

The five-episode production by Sky, titled Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie, is directed and narrated by six-time Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan, the man behind My Left Foot and In The Name Of The Father.

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