Drawing heavily on a hundred years of historical scholarship and verified witness testimony, the new RTÉ documentary Cold Case Collins imagines an investigation that never happened. You can find out more about the show and watch bonus scenes from the show here.

The audience eavesdrops on a police inquiry conducted by two fictitious investigators in 1924. Key protagonists and fabled names from Ireland's Independence struggle arrive into an interrogation room for questioning, as the detectives try to put together the pieces of the jigsaw of what really happened in Béal na mBláth.

In a parallel strand, the former State Pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy chairs a 21st century cold case comprising forensic scientists, criminal investigators, military strategists, archaeologists, archivists and historians. In this room, they will curate evidence and artefacts side by side with cutting edge scientific analysis about the death of Michael Collins.

Viewers eavesdrop on the experts as they sift and filter through the evidence old and new, looking for answers to the questions that have ignited bar brawls for decades...

Cold Case Collins airs on Wednesday 24 August 2022 at 9.35 on RTE1, but you can watch these four bonus scenes now.

A garda investigation?

Was there a Garda investigation into the death of Michael Collins? In the 1970s, one retired Garda claimed there was. Now Detective Sergeant David O'Leary separates fact from rumour

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Historical memory

How reliable are people's memories of significant events? The panel discuss the issue.

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Michael Collins's cap

Dr Audrey Whitty of the National Museum of Ireland tells how Michael Collins's cap ended up in the museum's collection. You can read more about the National Museum's Collins collection here.

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Photographic evidence?

The panel discusses the photographs taken in the days following the shooting.

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