Ian Bailey recording a podcast about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork

Ian Bailey has recorded a podcast detailing his life before and after the 1996 murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork.

A sound engineer is currently working on the first of four episodes of Ian Bailey: In his own wordswhich was recorded last Wednesday.

The poet-turned-journalist said he expects the “professionally produced” podcast to be released in stages early in the new year.

“I would expect interest could be quite high given the level of interest in the two documentaries that were released on Sky and Netflix last year. This is me, telling my own story, in my own words. It’s an audio autobiography,” he said.

“The first episode is about my early life in England and it was recorded. The second and third concern my life after moving to Ireland, including the events before and after Christmas 1996.”

“I expect the Garda cold case team will be listening closely”

Ms Toscan du Plantier, a French filmmaker, was beaten to death outside her holiday home near Schull in 1996, two days before Christmas.

Bailey has been arrested twice in connection with her death but has never been charged and has always maintained his innocence. There is a recent re-investigation into the unsolved murder of a child’s mother.

The Englishman says he wrote the script for episodes two and three of his podcast and recording is due to resume this week or next.

He added that he will be releasing the first podcast for free to “give interest,” and there will likely be a monetary fee to listen to the remaining three episodes.


Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the scene of the murder and Ian Bailey

“It will focus on how I became the senior journalist covering the death of Ms Toscan du Plantier and all that followed.

“I will name gardaí who were involved in the case – and yes, I expect the cold case team will also listen carefully to what I have to say.

“I have made it clear that I am happy to be interviewed by them as part of their review – which I have requested – but I have not heard from them.”

Meanwhile, it emerged recently that Bailey’s former partner Jules Thomas has filed a lawsuit against Netflix over his documentary series about the murder.

In that regard, Bailey said he “fully supports” his former partner and even went as far as to offer her assistance in providing the correspondence he has in his possession, which could help her with legal action.

Ms Thomas is said to be dissatisfied with her portrayal Sophie: A Murder in West Cork and feels defamed.

“I fully support Jules. Her life has also been ruined by all of this and I will help in any way I can,” Bailey said.

In 2019, Bailey was found guilty of murder after being tried in absentia by a court in France. He described the French case as a show trial aimed at finding him guilty.

In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that he could not be extradited to France. It was the third time French authorities had tried and failed to extradite him.

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