Netflix is set to release its long-awaited big-budget documentary series on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann tomorrow, despite opposition from the child's family and speculation in the TV industry that the programme makers failed to gain access to the key individuals involved in the case.
The US streaming service commissioned the programme in 2017, amid an explosion of interest in true crime and cold case TV programmes following the success of the US series Making a Murderer. However, despite spending enormous sums to produce eight hour-long episodes, release has been repeatedly delayed, raising speculation about what, if anything, the show has uncovered. Kate and Gerry McCann's threeyear-old daughter went missing in 2007 while the family was on holiday in the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz.
They have refused to take part in the show and urged those around them to resist requests for interviews by London-based Pulse Films, which is making the show on behalf of Netflix. Clarence Mitchell, speaking for the family, said: "Kate and Gerry and their wider family and friends were approached some months ago to participate in the documentary. "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."