2 November 2015

TV3 documentary on Toscan Du Plantier case

A new four-part documentary by leading Irish film director Jim Sheridan about the Sophie Toscan Du Plantier murder case is currently in post-production.

The French film producer was beaten to death in 1996 at her west Cork holiday home, and nobody has ever been convicted of the crime.

The documentary, commissioned by TV3 and the BBC, is Sheridan's first. He is probably best known for his films In The Name Of The Father and My Left Foot.

The programme makers secured co-operation from Ian Bailey, the English journalist previously treated by gardai as a prime suspect in the case. The team also recorded an interview with Toscan du Plantier’s son, Pierre-Louis Baudey.

Sheridan also discussed the Toscan Du Plantier case with journalist and theatre director Michael Sheridan (no relation), who has written extensively on the murder investigation. Michael Sheridan was the author of the book Death in December: The Story of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier (2002).

TV3's winter schedule also includes a separate documentary focusing on Karen Buckley, the nursing student from Mourneabbey in County Cork, who was murdered last April after leaving a Glasgow nightclub.