Netflix’s documentary exploring the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been hit with immediate controversy – as we all expected.
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann drops today (March 15) on the streaming platform.
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.
Now Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell has slammed the documentary after appearing on This Morning to discuss how Madeleine’s parents feel about the documentary.
Host, Eamonn Holms said the documentary runs the risk of “feeding the frenzy.”
“There will be a lot of people sitting at home, conspiracy theorists who are shouting at the screen saying, ‘We know who did this and we know what’s involved’,” the presenter said.
“From this controversial entertainment documentary, there could be a worry that Kate and Gerry will be dragged into this again in some way.”
Mitchell argued: “This fuels those conspiracy theorists, there’s whole websites and forums dedicated to vilifying them and others around them, myself included.
“It’s nonsense. If the allegations that have been disproven and discounted are aired again, I’m afraid it will fuel that. Kate and Gerry ignore all of that.”
He went on to speak about what the family believe has happened to Madeleine, who was 3 years old when she went missing 12 years ago.
“They have always believed that in the absence of any definitive evidence to suggest that the worst has happened, that she could still be alive and that’s what keeps them going to this day,” he explained.
“There is no evidence that she’s come to any physical harm whatsoever and until somebody absolutely sits them down and says they have the worst possible news for them, and the evidence, then they have to keep going.”
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.
“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.”