Netflix Are Launching A Fascinating New Madeleine McCann Documentary

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 04.03.19
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Pretty much everyone is familiar with the case of Madeleine McCann. The infamous story of the then-three-year-old British toddler who went missing on a trip to Portugal with her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, has absolutely captivated the nation since it happened 12 years ago, with the case still shrouded in much uncertainty.

And while we’re currently in the midst of a true-crime wave (one I’m actually struggling to keep up), Netflix have decided to address the story in a revealing new documentary which is already being tipped for global success.

The docu-series will chronicle the case through interviews with key investigators as well as those closest to the McCanns. However, interestingly, and probably not that unexpectedly, Gerry and Kate McCann have reportedly refused to take part, and want “nothing to do with” the series.

“We understand it is a serialised drama but neither Kate, Gerry nor their holiday friends and main players have co-operated in any shape or form,” a family friend told the Daily Mail.

Last year it was reported they declined to take part in the programme because the Metropolitan Police’s case is still active.

However, this didn’t stop the filmmakers from believing they can do the story justice.

A source close to the creators of the documentary told Daily Mail:

“Everyone everywhere is fascinated by the Maddie story. We would have welcomed the opportunity of working with the McCanns directly but they informed us they couldn’t and wouldn’t consider taking part while a police investigation into their daughter’s abduction is ongoing.”

They added: “We have interesting new interviews with people close to the inquiry and we believe we can give justice to this unbelievably tragic story.”

Apparently, Netflix had hoped the documentary would be ready to screen last year, but production took longer than expected. Although it was originally slated as an eight-part series, it’s now expected to be a one or two-parter.

Nevertheless, it’ll definitely be a fascinating watch: Kate and Gerry McCann have been hounded by the British press and public since Maddie’s disappearance, facing staunch criticism for leaving their infant children alone. The case has gained significant attention over the years, with the couple vehemently denying any involvement in the disappearance, so hopefully we’ll get a deeper insight into what actually went down.

I’m honestly not at all arsed about the true crime stuff usually but I’ll make an exception for this.

The series is set to air on 3rd May 2019, before the 12 year anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

Images via Getty/BBC