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Controversial Documentary on British Child’s Disappearance to Debut on Netflix on Friday

14 March 2019

Netflix has released a trailer for its long-gestating documentary series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann about the missing British child, the day before its release. The entire eight-episode show will be available to watch March 15.

The girl in question was three years old when she disappeared from her bed in a Portuguese resort in 2007. It's directed by Chris Smith, who also was behind the camera for the streaming service's recent doc Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

Netflix has also released a trailer for the documentary, giving a glimpse at just over two minutes of footage from the series, including interviews and dramatic re-enactments, as well as archive footage.

She had been left with her younger siblings while her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were out for dinner in a tapas restaurant.

Her disappearance sparked a large missing persons investigation and attracted huge media attention.

The youngster's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have previously criticised the programme, saying it "could potentially hinder" the search for their daughter.

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Madeleine McCann who went missing in 2007 when she was 3 years old is the subject of a new Netflix Documentary
GETTYMadeleine McCann who went missing in 2007 when she was 3 years old is the subject of a new Netflix Documentary

It shows interviews with various people involved in the case - from investigators and suspects to witnesses - and explores all the theories for her disappearance.

In a statement about the docu-series, the McCanns said: "We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine's disappearance".

Despite numerous offers from the filmmakers, Kate and Gerry declined to take part in the documentary, with their former spokesperson insisting: "We want nothing to do with it".

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"We did not see - and still do not see - how this programme will help the search for Madeleine", the McCanns wrote in a statement published by the BBC.

"Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme".

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Controversial Documentary on British Child’s Disappearance to Debut on Netflix on Friday