When is Netflix’s Madeleine McCann documentary released and what can we expect?
Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up searching for their daughter Madeleine (Picture: Getty Images) The disappearance of Madeleine McCann is set to come under the spotlight once again with the release of a new Netflix documentary about the case. Madeleine was just three years old when she disappeared from a hotel room in Portugal where she had been holidaying with her younger siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann, in 2007. The ensuing search for her became the highest-profile missing person investigation in history – but despite the involvement of both Portuguese police and Scotland Yard, she has never been found and what happened to her on that night remains a mystery. The film is Netflix’s latest foray into true crime documentaries, following the success of others including Making A Murderer, The Staircase and Abducted In Plain Sight. Here’s what we know about it so far. When is Netflix’s Madeleine McCann documentary released? Madeleine was just three years old when she disappeared (Picture: PA) There is no official date for it yet but the film should be released some time in April. Advertisement Advertisement Netflix had been hoping for a 2018 release but the project has reportedly taken longer than expected. It was originally planned as an eight-part series but sources have now said it might only be a one or two parter instead. Why has it caused controversy? Madeleine’s whereabouts have remained a mystery since she vanished (Picture: PA) The documentary has already been controversial due to the reaction from the McCanns, who have not participated in the film. They recently released a statement saying that the film could potentially hinder the police investigation into their daughter’s disappearance, which is still active. ‘We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance,’ the couple said in a statement. ‘The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate. They added: ‘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.’ So far a total of £11.75m has been spent on the search for their daughter, which includes an extra £150,000 of funding which was added to the Scotland Yard investigation, known as Operation Grange, in late 2018. Advertisement Advertisement