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West Cork Podcast

Body&Soul will also host a conversation with the people behind the addictive podcast hit West CorkHeralded as ‘Ireland’s first true crime podcast’, investigative journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde have gripped listeners with their vivid investigation of the murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Made by Amazon’s audiobook company Audible, the series delve into the case that has perplexed the Irish justice system and dominated Irish headlines for over 20 years.  The 1996 murder of 39-year-old Sophie Toscan du Plantier remains unsolved to this day. Sam and Jennifer will be interviewed by podcast aficionado Róise Goan.

Jennifer Forde is a UK-based documentary television producer, who has worked for many years at the BBC and some of Britain’s leading independent production companies. Her credits include: directing and producing an episode of the RTS award-winning BBC series The Secret Life of the National Grid; producing an episode of Catholics, a Grierson-shortlisted BBC series about Catholic identity in Britain; and working with Louis Theroux on his series LA Stories. Jennifer believes strongly that the most important part of telling any story is letting the people who have lived it tell it for you.

Sam Bungey is a journalist from London. His previous foray into audio was a piece for This American Life called ‘Murder Most Fowl,’ which he first wrote about in an award winning story for the Vineyard Gazette. Sam started his career in Dublin with a national monthly magazine, Mongrel, and later launched the online magazine The Racket, before being recruited to Sydney, Australia as deputy editor of award winning news site, The Global Mail. He doesn’t have a particular beat, but is fascinated by people who take a stubborn position in life and defend that position at all costs.

Róise Goan currently works as Guest Dramaturg at Vooruit. She also works as an arts programmer and artistic director of The Local Group, a new company that creates performance projects with communities of place and interest in off-the-grid locations. She studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin graduating in 2004. In 2007 she founded Project Brand New, a platform for new work across disciplines, and in 2008 she was appointed as Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, which she led for 5 years of strong artistic growth. During her time at Dublin Fringe Festival she established Fringe Lab, a year-round studio and artist-support programme, and presented the professional debuts and breakthrough works of Emma Martin Dance, Dead Centre, ANU, Shaun Dunne, THEATREclub, The Company, HotforTheatre and Sonya Kelly among many others. Since 2014 she has built a portfolio of freelance work, notably as curator of national and international symposia for The Arts Council of Ireland, The British Council and Theatre Forum, and as a programme consultant on a number of ECOC bids, festivals and events.  

She made She Knit The Roof for Earagail Arts Festival in 2015 and worked as a strategic consultant with Prime Cut in Belfast for three years. Alongside her work in the performing arts she has written for television, most notably the TG4 series Aifric, and recently directed/produced Revolution Radio for 2FM.  She serves on the board of Macnas, The Lir Academy and #WakingTheFeminists and is a Science Gallery Leonardo.