Updated: March 14, 07.30
Netflix are set to release the official docuseries TOMORROW which looks the case of Madeleine McCann and we’re all here for it!
From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to The Umbrella Academy and not to mention YOU, the popular online streaming service has been causing social media to go full panic mode as their Watch List gets longer…but at the top of most people’s watch list will most certainly be this.
What is it about?
The eight part docuseries, titled ‘The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’ will explore the true story of the missing three-year-old girl, looking at evidence and key interviews with 40 investigators from the case in the run-up to the 12th anniversary of her disappearance.
The series is set to focus on the theory that she was abducted and sold into sex trafficking and taken to another foreign country. It also hints at the fact Maddie may still be alive.
Madeleine McCann was just days away from her fourth birthday when she went missing during her family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal on May 3 2007.
She was last seen at around 9.05pm alseep in the family apartment with her twin siblings as her parents and friends dined at a nearby Tapas bar.
Jim Gamble, the top child protection police in the UK’s first Maddie investigation, says: “I absolutely believe that in my lifetime we will find out what has happened to Madeleine.
“There’s huge hope to be had with the advances in technology. Year on year DNA is getting better. Year on year other techniques, including facial recognition, are getting better.
“As we use that technology to revisit and review that which we captured in the past, there’s every likelihood that something we already know will slip into position.”
Will we see the parents?
Parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have spoken out against the series stating it could “potentially hinder” the search for her which is set to come to an end this month. However Operation Grange (Scotland Yard’s investigation into the search for Maddie) have asked for additional funding to extend their search.
Rumours suggest the series is hopeful that the 12 year mystery will be solved.
In a statement, the McCanns 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.”
The McCanns stated their views were not reflected in the series. In November 2018 a further £150,000 was granted to the investigation to allow it to continue until 31 March.
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Timeline of events
- 3 May 2007: Alarm is raised at 10pm by Kate after Madeleine is missing from her bed in apartment 5a. Madeline was last seen at approx. 9:05pm
- September 2007: Kate and Gerry McCann are made “arguidos” (formal suspects) in their daughter’s disappearance
- July 2008: Portuguese police halt their investigation and lift the “arguido” status of the McCanns and Robert Murat.
- May 2011: Prime Minister David Cameron asks the Metropolitan Police to hep investigate. A two-year review follows.
- March 2012: Portuguese police launch a review of the original investigation.
- July 2013: Scotland Yard says it has “new evidence and new witnesses” in the case and opens a formal investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.
- October 2013: Detectives in Portugal reopen the investigation, citing “new lines of inquiry.”
- February 2017: Portugal’s Supreme Court throw out a long running libel case against Goncalo Amaral, former head of the local police investigation who said in his book, ‘Maddie: The Truth of The Lie’ that the McCanns disposed of Madeline’s body, is protected by freedom of expression laws.
- April 2017: The only four official suspects investigated by police are ruled out of the investigation but senior officer Mr Rowley said: “I know we have a significant line of enquiry which is worth pursuing.”
- November 2018: An extra £150,000 is granted to continue the investigation. It takes the cost of Operation Grange to an estimated £11.75m
- March 2019: Money is running out and the McCanns seek more funding to continue their search for another year.