Watch The Trailer For 'The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann'

Joann Johnston
March 14, 2019

A controversial new Netflix documentary series argues that Madeleine McCann might be still alive in Portugal, almost 12 years after she was snatched while her parents had dinner with pals.

The SVOD is to launch the multi-part series on 15 March.

Madeleine vanished from her bedroom while on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal with her family in May 2007 and the case remains unsolved nearly 12 years later. 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. Their lawyer, Rogério Alves, was interviewed for the series. However, parents of Madeleine, Kate or Gerry McCann, are not involved.

"Madeleine's Fund", which Kate and Gerry set up to raise money for the investigation, has been supported by a number of celebrities including Philip Green, Simon Cowell, Coleen Rooney, J.K. Rowling, and Richard Branson.

It said: "The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann goes beyond the headlines and takes a unique look at the facts of the case as well as its impact on media standards around the world". But the series, which will be released Friday and took two years to make, also delivers a message of hope, with police claiming they will still solve the 12-year-old mystery.

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One of the people featured in the series is Jim Gamble, a top child protection detective who was part of the UK's first investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine. He claimed the McCanns covered it up. The McCanns declined to participate, they explained in a statement shared on the website FindMadeleine.com.

"We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine's disappearance", they said.

Their spokesperson told The Guardian: "Kate and Gerry didn't ask for it and don't see how it will help the search for Maddie on a practical level, so they chose not to engage".

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

The hotel in Portugal where Madeleine McCann and family were staying when she disappeared.

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