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Here's why everyone's talking about new crime podcast West Cork

Your next binge listen awaits.

IRELAND’S FIRST TRUE crime podcast, West Cork, is taking the internet by storm.

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West Cork is a new original podcast from audiobook site Audible, focusing on the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer who was found near her vacation home around the West Cork town of Schull.

Ok, but what makes it so great?

For starters, it has to be the case itself. It doesn’t give the whole game away for those (albeit in the minority) who are unfamiliar with the case in terms of identifying subjects. It also provides insight for those who were perhaps too young at the time of the case.

Producers Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde must also be praised for the insane level of research undertaken, as well as successfully getting so many Irish people to discuss the case on tape. Locals and blow-ins alike give their opinions on the case, of which everyone in the country appears to have strong ones.

Forde told the Irish Times:

Definitely a lot of people we spoke to thought we would have our work cut out because it was such a sensitive story [...] that people would be anxious about speaking, or have fatigue about it.
Because we were doing something for audio, we were able to spend a lot of time there, and managed to get around to so many people … I feel like we got pretty close to what we always hoped we could do.”

What makes this such a binge-able listen? At no point do the pair attempt to ‘solve’ the case, with the producers admitting that they are, and never will be, investigators.

But hopefully by telling the story in the way that we have, you provide clarity in a case that has been pulled in so many directions by competing narratives.”

With West Cork, it’s a different listening experience to that of listening to S-Town or Serial because it’s based here. For once, the listener isn’t on the outside looking in. It might hit a bit close to home for people – literally – but that’s contributed to its addictive-ness.

Have you listened to West Cork? You can get a 30 day free trial with Audible here.

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