The family were not happy with Sheridan’s documentary.
Sky has announced that they have removed family interviews and contributions from Jim Sheridan’s documentary series Murder At The Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie.
According to a report in the Irish Times, the family of Toscan du Plantier were unhappy at the documentary’s exploration of the theory that Ian Bailey might have been the victim of a police plot — a suggestion for which there is very scant evidence.
The decision was made just days before the series was uploaded to Now TV and Sky Crime on Saturday. Murder At The Cottage was originally set to feature exclusive interviews with Sophie’s parents, her son and her uncle.
The series sees Sheridan spend a lot of time with Bailey, including scenes of Sheridan ringing Bailey to update him during the French trial, held with Bailey in absentia. Ultimately, Bailey was found guilty of the crime by a French court, though he has never been charged in Ireland, and the High Court has ruled that he will not be extradited to France.
The documentary provides Bailey with ample screen-time, and ultimately makes no real attempt to find an answer to Cork’s most notorious murder.
Netflix is also set to release a documentary about Toscan du Plantier’s murder on June 30th.