Controversial documentaries are very in at the minute – just look at the conversation surrounding the insane Finding Neverland documentary.
Now Netflix is set to air potentially its most opinion-splitting piece of content to date in The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann which will launch on the streaming service tomorrow (Friday March 15).
The eight-part docu-series aims to offer a detailed and “unique” look at the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance. It will take interviews from 40 contributors in never-before-heard testimonies, existing interviews, archival footage and reenactments in an attempt to piece together the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the case.
The documentary’s release has already been met with controversy after it was slammed by Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann.
In their only 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.“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.
“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.”
Madeleine disappeared in May 2007, while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, a resort town in the Algarve, Portugal.
She was left, along with her two-year-old twin siblings, to sleep in their apartment while Gerry and Kate ate with friends in a restaurant nearby.
The children were checked on periodically until Madeleine’s mum discovered that she had gone missing at around 10pm.
Since then a global search has been underway, in what has become one of the most talked about cases in recent history.
Originally set to air last year, the project was delayed and will now air just before the 12-year anniversary of her disappearance.