Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of May 3, 2007, from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, while her parents were out for dinner with friends nearby. What followed was arguably the most heavily reported missing-person case in history. Her fate remains unknown but a new Netflix series will attempt to shine some light on the possibility she could still be alive.
The eight-part series, called “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann”, features an appearance from authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan.
Their 2014 book “Looking for Madeleine” became a bestseller and features interviews with several key figures in the investigation.
One chapter gives an insight into the relationship Madeleine had with the nannies who looked after her at Praia da Luz.
It reads: “Catriona Baker, the experienced English nanny who spent the most time with Madeleine would remember her as having been a little shy at first, but then ‘active and sociable’.
“Another nanny, Amy Tierney, thought she was ‘very intelligent for her age’.
“Some nannies would remember her as ‘Maddie’, a shortening of her name that the media would adopt in the months to come.”
However, the book went on to explain that the youngster was not a fan of her name being shortened and even “hated” it when her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, called her Maddie.
The book revealed that Kate recalled: “She hated it when we called her Maddie.
“She’d say ‘my name is Madeleine’ with an indignant look on her place.
“But at the Mini Club, she had not objected.”
It was also previously revealed that Kate McCann had an “uneasy feeling” about the whole holiday.
The 51-year-old and her husband Gerry will not feature in the new Netflix series.
The pair released a statement, claiming the show could hinder police investigations.
It reads: “We are aware that Netflix is planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance.
“The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate.
“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.”