After weeks of speculation, the Madeleine McCann documentary will be released on Netflix March 15. Here’s what we know about The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann docuseries on Netflix including when it’ll be streaming.
It’s been almost 12 years since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann after she was kidnapped on holiday while in Portugal. The disappearance of Madeleine McCann sparked a massive investigation into her kidnapping, which has been the subject of much discussion.
Three documentaries were made about her kidnapping during that period. 2009 was the last.
Netflix will release the latest version, but it has been shrouded with mystery and we are left to wonder if it ever existed. Here’s everything we know so far on the upcoming Netflix documentary on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Netflix Original Series Madeleine McCann, untitled, is about the 2007 kidnapping and abduction of Madeleine McCann. Netflix has kept the details of this series secret, making it increasingly difficult for viewers to get information about its release. The documentary was originally scheduled for release in 2018. However, it has been delayed multiple times. Netflix is not releasing much information about the controversial docuseries.
We will explain to those who are not familiar with Madeleine McCann's identity.
Madeleine disappeared while the McCann family was on vacation in Portugal's Algarve region. Madeleine, her siblings and their mother were left alone in the ground floor apartment. The parents ate in a nearby restaurant. While the parents had stated they checked on the children periodically in the evening, at 22:00 Madeleine’s mother had discovered her daughter was missing thus igniting the manhunt for the kidnapper of the child.
The investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance was led by the Portuguese police. While there were many suspects even the McCann’s themselves were given the status as suspects by the Portuguese police.
The parents came to the conclusion Madeleine died from an accidental injury in the apartment, and that the kidnapping was just a cover-up. The lack of evidence led to this case being thrown out and archived.
Private detectives were used by the McCanns to continue their investigation. Scotland Yard, the UK's Police Headquarters opened an investigation into the kidnapping.
Throughout the year’s different pieces of evidence were brought forward such as e-fit images of men they wanted tracing, some of these images even led to the Portuguese police re-opening their inquiry. Although the investigation was reportedly reduced since 2015, a few detectives remain on the case.
Sadly many children since Madeleine’s disappearance have been kidnapped, but none received the extensive coverage of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapping.
The British tabloids newspaper drop news about the investigation. Madeleine’s parents have often faced mass scrutiny from the papers and social media for their part in her kidnapping.
There have been several documentaries about the kidnapping released, one of which was done by the BBC Panorama team. Netflix’s untitled docuseries is the first such docuseries on the Madeleine since 2009. Many have avoided producing due to the sensitive nature of the topic.
Director of Gone Baby Gone Ben Affleck had to delay the UK release of the film due to its story loosely resembling Madeleine’s disappearance. Filmmakers involved in the project had stated he didn’t wish to upset any of the British public due to the sensitive nature of the McCann disappearance.
Although the original plan was to split it into eight episodes, reports now suggest that there will only be two. IMDb currently only lists one episode. If split in two, the average run time for each episode is around 2 hours.
Netflix finally released a trailer for their documentary a day before its release. It is safe to say that it appears controversial.
This docuseries will be released on March 15, 2019.
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