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Netflix may make more shows about Sophie Toscan du Plantier after documentary becomes worldwide hit

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork launched last Wednesday and has already been streamed in 190 countries

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her son, Pierre Louis Baudey Vignaud

Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her son, Pierre Louis Baudey Vignaud

Sophie Toscan du Plantier with her son, Pierre Louis Baudey Vignaud

Netflix may consider further programmes to examine the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier after its three-part series became a worldwide hit within days.

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork launched last Wednesday, and has already been streamed in 190 countries worldwide.

It has hit No. 1 in Ireland and is at No. 3 in Britain, with reports that it has also reached No. 5 in the US.

A spokeswoman for Netflix told the Irish Independent: “We are not releasing details on total number of households that watched at this stage. Netflix don’t release such data on ratings/figures regularly in the way linear broadcasters do.”

The three hour-long
episodes by director John Dower have also been widely praised by the critics.

Meanwhile, Jim Sheridan’s five-part Murder at the Cottage is also a success, having screened on Sky Crime, with all episodes now available for viewing on NOW TV.

Books on the topic of the murder by Michael Sheridan, Irish Independent correspondent Ralph Riegel and Nick Foster have all seen a surge in sales.

Mr Foster, who has researched the case for over six years, has told the Southern Star newspaper that there is no “French connection” to the killing in his opinion.

The author, who appears in the Sheridan documentary, dismissed claims of new evidence alleging foreign involvement in the killing.

Mr Foster said he was “dismayed and annoyed” at revived reports of an alleged French connection.

Mr Sheridan made a statement to gardaí about purported new evidence allegedly linked to the sighting of a man in a black coat outside Marie Farrell’s shop in Schull.

“I specifically told Jim Sheridan that I had researched this theory and there was no truth in it,” he said.

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