Global streaming giant Netflix and true crime net Investigation Discovery are both set to explore the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who vanished from the seaside resort of Praia de Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007, while on holiday with her family.
Netflix’s The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is an eight-part series that delves into the disappearance of McCann, whose story made world headlines as the Portuguese police, along with Scotland Yard, mobilized a major investigation into the little girl’s disappearance.
Produced by UK-based Pulse Films in association with Paramount Television, the upcoming docuseries includes new interviews with more than 40 contributors along with archival news footage and reenactments. It also features access to never-before-heard testimonies from those at the heart of Madeleine’s disappearance, including friends of the McCann family, investigators on the case and from those who became the subjects of media speculation and rumor.
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, whichlaunches globally on Netflix on March 15, is directed by Chris Smith and executive produced by Emma Cooper and Thomas Benski.
Though the docuseries was originally commissioned in 2017 by the global streaming giant, little information had come forward about the project until now.
The project’s forthcoming release, however, has been criticized by the McCann family, according to a report from The Guardian. Netflix is said to have interviewed more than 40 individuals connected to the case, and though the McCann family had been approached some months ago, they reportedly refused to participate in the making of the program.
Elsewhere, true crime net Investigation Discovery (ID) will also delve into McCann’s disappearance in the latest installment of its “Murder Mystery” franchise.
The two-hour special, Madeleine McCann: An ID Murder Mystery examines the ins-and-outs of the case, dissecting the timeline leading up to the girl’s disappearance and the subsequent actions taken by law enforcement and her loved ones in a bid to find her.
Produced by American Media, Inc. and Jupiter Entertainment, the mini-series features exclusive interviews with key players in the investigation, including members of law enforcement, McCann’s legal team, and criminal experts and journalists who followed the case from the beginning.
Allison Wallach, Tim McConville, David Pecker and Dylan Howard serve as series executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production and Kevin Bennett is general manager. Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
Madeleine McCann: An ID Murder Mystery premieres April 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ID.
(Photo of Madeleine McCann by Jamie Jones/REX/Shutterstock, courtesy of ID)