Why Kate and Gerry McCann don’t want Netflix’s documentary on Madeleine to air

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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The parents of Madeline McCann have said they want no involvement in the show as they believe it could hinder the search

Netflix are jumping on the true crime bandwagon yet again. Within the coming weeks, the streaming giant will drop an eight-part documentary called The Disappearance of Madeline McCann all about the abduction of British schoolgirl Madeleine McCann, who tragically went missing twelve years ago after a family holiday in Portugal.

The three-year-old was taken from her hotel room as she slept alongside her twin younger siblings, while her parents were eating dinner at a restaurant close by. It’s been reported that the new Netflix series will speak to high profile investigators involved in the case, attempting to piece together the events of that fateful night in 2007, no doubt spurring on a new group of armchair detectives.

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The biggest opponents of the documentary are understandably her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann. The pair hit out in a statement released by spokesperson Clarence Mitchell earlier this week, saying: “The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate. But they want 'nothing to do with it.”

The couple added: “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, 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.”

Without the parents involvement, the documentary is obviously missing one of the most important componenets. And their worries that a new documentary might disrupt the investigation is understandable.

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