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Manchester man named as main suspect in Netflix’s eerie new true crime series

Sophie’s murderer was never captured, but the suspicion has always been pinpointed on one man…

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A Manchester man accused of murdering a young woman in 1996 has once again protested his innocence after Netflix brought the crime back into the spotlight with their latest true-crime series.

Across three episodes, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork delves into the unsolved murder of French national, Sophie Toscan Du Plantier, a thirty-nine year old film maker and mother of one. 

Two days before Christmas in 1996, Sophie’s body was found outside of her holiday home in West Cork, Ireland, a place she would regularly escape to from her busy life back in France.

Sophie’s body bore clear signs of assault, with over fifty injuries primarily to the head – however, because a murder hadn’t occurred in the area for decades, the police had little to no experience with this type of investigation, so the body was left outside until the pathologist arrived the next day. 

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Given the time that elapsed before his arrival, it was almost impossible to pinpoint a time of death, and other forensic evidence may have been lost due to this delay.

The police looked into a handful of suspects for Sophie’s murder, including her husband, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, and former lover, Bruno Carbonnet. But eventually, police tried to pin the crime on one man – Ian Bailey, a journalist from Manchester who had moved to Ireland to work as a reporter. Eerily, he had actually covered Sophie’s murder. 

The police brought Bailey in for questioning when they noticed suspicious scratch marks on his hands – Bailey later insisted that they had happened when he climbed a tree to cut it down for Christmas. However, the evidence continued to stack up against Bailey, such as the level of detail about the murder and Sophie’s injuries used in his articles. 

Friends also revealed that Bailey had made a confession about going ‘too far’ to them,  while another witness had come forward to say they had seen Bailey in the vicinity of du Plantier’s holiday home on the night of her murder. 

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Bailey was also known for previous incidents of domestic violence towards his partner – a psychiatrist’s report prepared for the murder trial concluded he had a ‘personality constructed on narcissism, psycho-rigidity, violence, impulsiveness, egocentricity, with an intolerance to frustration and a great need for recognition.’

On February 10th, 1997, Bailey was arrested, as was his partner, but both were released without charges. And then, in January 1998, Bailey – alone this time – was again arrested before being released without charges.

The issue was the evidence – or the lack of it. Bailey explained away his ‘confessions’ as dark humour or his reiterating what was being said about him. There had also been no indication of forced entry at Sophie’s home, indicating that she had willingly opened her door. And, most prominently, no forensic evidence was found to tie him to the murder.

And, to this very day, Bailey maintains his innocence – just last month, he confirmed that a fresh investigation into Sophie’s murder had been authorised by Gardaí (the Irish police) after the emergence of what he described as ‘new information.’

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He wrote on Twitter: “For those who have not heard a comprehensive cold case of the murder file an investigation has been authorised by Commissioner Harris as a result of me writing to him and the emergence of new information… I pray the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth emerges.”

And, on the topic of Netflix’s investigation into the matter, Bailey had merely said that he suspected the documentary series about the murder will be ‘a piece of propaganda’ and ‘a piece of demonisation.’

Bailey does appear briefly in the documentary, but only gave Netflix ‘limited access.’

Sophie: A Murder In West Cork is available to stream on Netflix now. 

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I’m A Celebrity All Stars line up ‘revealed’

Fifteen celebrities are expected to brave the bush-tucker trials for a second time…

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The lineup of celebrities poised to return to the jungle for the upcoming I’m A Celebrity All Stars competition has reportedly been unveiled.

Last week, presenting duo Ant and Dec revealed they were in South Africa while filming for the new series, which will see a selection of ‘favourite celebrities from the last twenty years’ of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! come together in a brand new setting. 

In their announcement video posted onto social media, Dec said: “It’s probably the worst kept secret in television, but we can confirm we’re doing a very special series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in South Africa!”

Showing off the South African scenery behind him, Dec added: “We’re here, it’s going to be your favourite celebrities from the last twenty years who are going back in to do it one more time.”

While Ant and Dec didn’t say who exactly would be appearing on the show, a TV insider has now revealed the fifteen celebrities expected to take part in the reality competition, which is set to air at some point next year.

The source said: “It’s a different format to Australia, who knows when and where celebrities will enter camp, literally anything could happen.

“It’s not clear how many will start in camp or how many will be there by the end when one is crowned King or Queen of the jungle, possibly for a second time.

“It’s the best of I’m A Celebrity, quite literally, but there’s some twists and surprises along the way for viewers and campers so it’s not going to be as straightforward as they might think.”

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So, who can we expect to see back on our screens next year?

The first celebrity reportedly braving the bush-tucker trials for a second time is former English international cricketer Phil Tufnell, who won the series in 2003.

British boxer Amir Khan is also reportedly heading back to the jungle, alongside former British Royal Household servant Paul Burrell and Happy Mondays legend Shaun Ryder. 

And perhaps most surprisingly, You Are What You Eat star Gillian McKeith is said to be making a return over a decade on from her now-famous fainting episode in the Australian jungle. 

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Other celebrities expected on the line up include Jordan Banjo, Carol Vorderman, Georgia Toffolo, Joe Swash, Janice Dickinson and Andrew Whyment. 

The reported I’m A Celebrity All Stars line up in full:

  • Phil Tufnell
  • Amir Khan
  • Paul Burrell
  • Jordan Banjo
  • Andrew Whyment
  • Dean Gaffney
  • Shaun Ryder
  • Gillian McKeith
  • Carol Vorderman
  • Georgia Toffolo
  • Helen Flanagan
  • Janice Dickinson
  • Myleene Klass
  • Joe Swash
  • Fatima Whitbread

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Jeremy Kyle returning to TV next month three years after show was axed

The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled from the air following the death of a contestant in 2019

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Jeremy Kyle is set to make his television come-back for the first time since his original show was pulled from the air.

The Jeremy Kyle Show made its debut in 2005 and enjoyed a seventeen-season run until it was axed in 2019 following the death of a contestant. 

Steve Dymond was found dead from a suspected morphine overdose just days after appearing on the show, where he allegedly ‘failed’ one of the infamous lie detector tests. 

Filming and broadcasting for The Jeremy Kyle Show was immediately suspended following the tragedy, with Kyle himself disappearing from screens. 

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The host has stayed relatively under the radar and out of the spotlight only until recently, with him presenting various slots for TalkRadio and TalkTV since September last year.

But over three years on from the demise of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the host is now set to return to screens with his very own ‘straight-talking’ live television show. 

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Jeremy Kyle Live will make its debut on TalkTV next month on October 10th, and will see the ‘straight-talking voice of the people take on the issues that really matter’. 

In a statement, the fifty-seven-year-old said: “I’m so excited to be going back to live television from October 10th. Sitting in for Piers [Morgan] over the summer has given me a taste for what the new show will be.

Jeremy Kyle Live will be making sense of the stories that matter; speaking the language of the British people and providing practical help as we all try and navigate our way through current times.

“I can’t wait to be a part of TalkTV’s amazing new primetime lineup.”

A spokesperson for TalkTV previously said in a statement: “TalkTV’s primetime schedule will also be simulcast on TalkRadio, and TalkRadio’s roster of daytime talent, including Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham, Ian Collins and Jeremy Kyle, will be broadcast on talkTV.

“TalkRadio has seen fast growth in recent years across all platforms and has been broadcasting successfully on talkRadio TV since last year.”

Jeremy Kyle Live will air daily on TalkTV from October 10th.

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Ant and Dec confirm new I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here show in South Africa

The new version of the series will air next year

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Ant and Dec have announced that there will be a new version of I’m A Celebrity held in South Africa. 

Sharing the exciting news onto Twitter, the Geordie duo said the new series would feature a selection of ‘favourite celebrities from the last twenty years’ brought together in a brand new setting.

In their announcement video posted onto social media, Dec said: “It’s probably the worst kept secret in television, but we can confirm we’re doing a very special series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in South Africa!”

Showing off the South African scenery behind him, Dec added: “We’re here, it’s going to be your favourite celebrities from the last twenty years who are going back in to do it one more time.”

Ant and Dec said in their caption that the series would be ‘coming to your tellies’ at some point in 2023. 

No specific names from the past twenty years of I’m A Celebrity have been confirmed for the special show, though announcements are expected in the coming months.

Their announcement comes after it was confirmed that the show, which sees celebrities camp out and take part in notorious ‘bush tucker trials’, will be returning to the Australian jungle for its 2022 series.

The series has been set in Gwrych Castle in Wales for the last two years as a result of Australia’s strict Covid-19 travel restrictions, but now Australia’s borders are open the show will be heading back down under, ITV announced earlier this year.

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ITV’s director of content Rosemary Newell confirmed the news to The Mirror, saying in a statement: “We expect I’m A Celebrity to return in Australia in November, when it will generate audience over 11 million.”

Ant and Dec had previously expressed their own hopes for the series to return to its original Australian location, with Dec telling The One Show: “We love Wales but you know, Australia is its home and we’d like to get back there if we can.”

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here first aired in 2002, where it was filmed in Tully, Queensland. It then moved to Murwillumbah, New South Wales, where it remained until the Covid pandemic.

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