Time Magazine lauds ‘West Cork’ podcast

Time Magazine lauds ‘West Cork’ podcast
West Cork podcast

AFTER receiving high praise from none other than the world's most famous documentary maker Louis Theroux, the West Cork podcast has now been lauded by Time Magazine.

Time has included the podcast, made by Amazon, in its list of the best 50 podcasts to listen to right now.

Journalist Sam Bungey and producer Jennifer Forde, who spent a number of years working on the podcast. Picture: Billy MacGill.
Journalist Sam Bungey and producer Jennifer Forde, who spent a number of years working on the podcast. Picture: Billy MacGill.

Based on the 1996 unsolved murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in her holiday home in Schull, the series revolves around the investigative work of British producers Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde.

They interview local people and also journalist Ian Bailey, who has been arrested in relation to the murder on two occasions but never charged. Mr Bailey maintains his innocence.

The Time article by Eliana Dockterman heaps high praise on the series saying it doesn't just cover old ground but seeks out new information on the story.

“The crime has become something of a national sensation in Ireland — which means listeners should resist Googling details until after they’ve finished the podcast," the article reads.

“But this podcast doesn’t just recount events: Journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde, who spent three years reporting out, also explore several lesser-known theories.

“There’s also a major twist that will shock listeners. But the show’s real strength is establishing a sense of place. The hosts beautifully communicate how a tragedy can impact a town and its people in devastating ways.” 

Last month, documentary maker Louis Theroux - who most recently explored the impact of alleged abuses in the Church of Scientology and has also spent time with the controversial Westboro Baptist Church - said the programme was his “favourite true-crime podcast” and added it “gets weirder” and “more engrossing” as it progresses.

All 13 episodes are available from Audible, Amazon's podcast streaming service.

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