‘The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’ Arrives on Netflix on March 15th

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The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann arrives on March 15th

The Madeleine McCann documentary is releasing on Netflix on March 15th after several weeks of speculation. 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. Her disappearance sparked an unprecedented search into the kidnapping and has since been the topic of great discussion and mystery.

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In that time there have been 3 documentaries made regarding her kidnapping. The last came in 2009.

The most recent is set to be released by Netflix but has been shrouded in mystery leading us to question whether it even existed. Here’s everything we know so far on the upcoming Netflix documentary on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The untitled Madeleine McCann documentary is a Netflix Original series based on the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann in 2007. Netflix has kept quiet on the details of the series to which it has been increasingly difficult to find information on its upcoming release. Originally set for release in 2018, the documentary has seen multiple delays in its release. The docuseries is mired in controversy which is why Netflix has released very few details.

What happened to Madeleine McCann?

For those unaware of who Madeleine McCann is, allow us to explain.

The McCann family were on holiday in the Algarve region of Portugal when Madeleine was kidnapped. Madeleine and her siblings had been left in their ground-floor apartment while their parents dined in a restaurant less than 200ft away. 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 Portuguese apartment the McCanns used while on holiday – Copyright Daily Mail

The Suspects

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.

They came to the conclusion that Madeleine had died in an accident within the apartment and the kidnapping was a cover up the parents had made up to cover themselves. This was thrown out by the Portuguese attorney general due to the lack of evidence thus the case was archived.

The McCanns would continue the investigation themselves by using private detectives. Eventually, Scotland Yard (Police Headquarters of the UK) opened its own 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. The investigation has been reported to have been scaled down since 2015 but a small team of detectives remains on the case to this day.

Gerry (left) and Kate (right) in Portugal during the investigation

Media Coverage

Sadly many children since Madeleine’s disappearance have been kidnapped, but none received the extensive coverage of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapping.

News of the investigation drop in and out of the British tabloids newspapers. Madeleine’s parents have often faced mass scrutiny from the papers and social media for their part in her kidnapping.

Documentaries have been released regarding the kidnapping, including one carried out by the BBC Panorama team. Netflix’s untitled docuseries is the first such docuseries on the Madeleine since 2009. Due to the sensitivity of the issue, many have kept clear of producing.

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.

How many episodes does the Docuseries have?

The series had been reported to be split into eight parts, it has since been reported that the series will be two parts instead. Currently, only one episode is listed on IMDb. The run time of each episode could be expected to be around two hours if split into two parts.

Is there a trailer for the Madeleine McCann Documentary?

A day before the release date Netflix has finally dropped a trailer for the documentary. Safe to say it looks nothing short of controversial.

When is the Netflix release date?

The docuseries is due for release on March 15th, 2019.

What are your thoughts on a Madeleine McCann documentary? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.