Netflix has announced that highly anticipated new documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be hitting the streaming service tomorrow (March 14th).
To accompany the announcement Netflix have also released the trailer.
Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBnarCTOiCY
The mini-series documents the alleged events of the tragic disappearance, supported by a number of interviews with key investigators, journalists and neighbours of the family ahead of the 12th anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
Although the production company are reported to have approached the McCanns on numerous occasions asking them to take part in the documentary, the couple declined the offer.
However, they have now released a statement on the matter. Reported by the BBC, the couple have suggested the documentary could in fact hinder the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.
The couple said: “We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance. The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate.
“We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it.
“Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme. We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.”
A friend of the McCann’s has commented on the upcoming series, saying:
"We understand it is a serialised drama but neither Kate, Gerry nor their holiday friends and main players have cooperated in any shape or form. And we have no idea who the actors are."
During a family holiday in May 2007 with her parents and siblings, three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from the apartment the family was staying in, in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while her parents were out for dinner with friends.
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann remains an ongoing investigation, and just earlier this month Scotland Yard requested another year’s worth of funding to help them continue their search. The request follows additional funding that was allocated to the search three months ago - reportedly £150,000 that was intended to last six months.