Two Sophie Toscan du Plantier films, two verdicts. Which should we believe?

What the high-profile new series say about the unsolved murder and its chief suspect, Ian Bailey

The official trailer for Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, a true-crime series from Netflix on the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in December 1996 has been released. Video: Netflix

A brutal murder at the ends of the earth. Allegations of bungled police work. A suspect seemingly addicted to the spotlight. Lawsuits and retracted confessions. And, at the centre, a French woman we know only through a handful of faded photographs from a quarter of a century ago.

With so much horror, drama and alleged bungling it is no surprise the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier should be irresistible to documentarians and true-crime buffs. And this month two sprawling new series revisit the December 1996 killing of the French film-maker at her holiday cottage near Schull, in west Co Cork.

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