Netflix to screen documentary on Madeleine McCann disappearance

Discussion in 'Documentaries' started by Sarah, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator Staff Member Original Member Since 1998

    Message Count:
    3,338
    Trophy Points:
    5,636
    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    Ratings:
    +4,189
    Member Since:
    1998
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-47481747

    A Netflix documentary about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann could "potentially hinder" the search for her, according to her parents.

    Madeleine was three when she was last seen while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

    Gerry and Kate McCann said in a statement the film could affect the police investigation.

    The documentary is due to air later this month. Netflix has been contacted for comment.

    Mr and Mrs McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have pledged never to give up the search for their daughter, who vanished from the family's holiday apartment while they were dining at a restaurant nearby.

    [​IMG]
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  2. Angela Channing

    Angela Channing Soap Chat Warrior

    Message Count:
    5,843
    Trophy Points:
    7,960
    Ratings:
    +8,516
    Medals:
    10
    Member Since:
    1999
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. pete lashmar

    pete lashmar Soap Chat Fan

    Message Count:
    338
    Trophy Points:
    377
    Location:
    Portugal
    Ratings:
    +673
    I live in The Algarve, though not at the time Maddy went missing, and although I knew a lot about the case - the dogs, the shutter, Kate's refusal to answer one single question etc I watched this series with firm thought of the McCanns were fully responsible.

    It has really changed my opinion though & it's very sad that Kate & Jerry didn't take part because I think it could have done them a great deal of good.

    I was always of the opinion that Maddy died in the apartment and she was probably hidden in or around the church as the went there constantly. There was also building work going on at the time and police were refused any kind of digging or X-Ray equipment (all of which isn't mentioned in the series - oddly).

    But having watched 7 of the 8 episodes I just don't see how that was possible - the media circus that was going on would have made it absolutely impossible to move Maddy - the McCanns' every move was followed.

    Obviously the series doesn't provide answers, but it does provide a lot of facts about the case that I wasn't aware of - and the horrific details they go into about pedophile rings is truly shocking.

    But there are still so many questions:

    There is still confusion though as to when Maddy was last seen - was it many hours before they discovered she was missing or just 1 or 2?

    Although none of the DNA was proved 100% to be Maddy's, did the car DNA match with the DNA found in the apartment?

    Why, when a multi millionaire is paying for the continued search are the police still allocating money towards it, but not other "missing" cases?

    Why did the McCann's pay off their mortgage with the fund people had paid into, to find Maddy?

    Why was Maddy's favourite toy - carried by Kate in every scene of the documentary get washed?

    Why did the McCanns refuse to answer every question put to them by the police?

    Why were neither of the twins taken, who slept through the whole apartment search by the McCanns, their friends and the police?

    I doubt we'll never know what really happened. The series is very informative and gives facts and timelines, but cannot answer the ultimate question.

    I always thought that the McCann's came across as very cold people, and that hasn't changed. I cannot relate to them at all. But were they responsible for all this? Unlikely but still not impossible.
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2019
  4. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator Staff Member Original Member Since 1998

    Message Count:
    3,338
    Trophy Points:
    5,636
    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    Ratings:
    +4,189
    Member Since:
    1998
    Part of me believes they were involved, but then other part of me thinks no way because why would they go to all that trouble to keep her in the public eye? Had they killed her, would it not just be easier to pretend she was never there in the first place?

    The dogs get to me too. I believe the dogs know what they are doing and that, no, they aren't being 'led' by the trainers as many have suggested.

    I want so much to believe she is still alive, but that she is living happily blissfully unaware of her past. Worst case scenario would be that she is being held somewhere like Natasha Kampusch or Elisabeth Fritzl. It's so difficult to think also that she may be alive and if found, she will have no recollection of her past or her family.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. pete lashmar

    pete lashmar Soap Chat Fan

    Message Count:
    338
    Trophy Points:
    377
    Location:
    Portugal
    Ratings:
    +673
    What keeps coming back - again and again - is that they are both Doctors and therefore if they had been responsible - for whatever reason - they would lose absolutely everything, including the twins, and both be in jail.

    That's quite an incentive.
     
  6. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator Staff Member Original Member Since 1998

    Message Count:
    3,338
    Trophy Points:
    5,636
    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    Ratings:
    +4,189
    Member Since:
    1998
    Yes, I did consider this but was worried I was being too far fetched. Nice to have some back up! :clap:
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. Snarky's Ghost

    Snarky's Ghost Soap Chat Oracle

    Message Count:
    5,110
    Trophy Points:
    6,136
    Location:
    Haunting that cozy cellar under Falcon Crest
    Ratings:
    +6,667
    Medals:
    7
    Member Since:
    September 2000
    There was a theory at the tine that they over medicated their daughter when they went out to party, then returned home to find her dead. And then, I guess, disposed of her body.

    Who knows. But I thought they seemed to feel genuinely guilty -- weirdly so -- at their press conference. And while any normal parent would feel guilty if their child was snatched, this just felt......…. different. It didn't feel like the normal guilt from negligence, nor the feigned grief of deliberate murderers, nor the tormented guilt of confused parents afraid their child may have been grabbed and possibly killed by a stranger.

    It looked like the grief and guilt of parents who concretely knew what happened to their child, and were sincerely very sorry for it, but were having to put on a show for the cameras.

    Says I.

    And if their lawyers, a dozen years later, are asserting that a new documentary would somehow subvert the ongoing investigation, that also doesn't bode well for the parents' total innocence.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  8. pete lashmar

    pete lashmar Soap Chat Fan

    Message Count:
    338
    Trophy Points:
    377
    Location:
    Portugal
    Ratings:
    +673
    I've now watched all 8 episodes and I really don't know what to believe as there are so many issues with all sides.

    Portuguese Police investigating the crime rather than the disappearance.

    The McCanns not accepting they could ever be suspects and therefore not answering any questions that could have helped the police.

    The apartment & car - still so many questions remain unanswered that could have been completely thrown out or led to further investigation.

    The huge profile the case got in such a short time - what did the McCanns do/say/know to have it blow up so massively?

    The Press printing huge headlines of who they thought was guilty, taking attention away from what may have actually happened.

    The fund - over £11 million pounds - where did it go? Why did they pay off their mortgage with it?

    The books, the court cases, the libel cases and the general circus of it all, all overshadowing the fact that a gorgeous 3 year old, innocent, happy young child had vanished into thin air.

    I do wonder that if people had reacted quicker & answered questions whether we'd be any the wiser, but 11 years on and we are all left wondering what really happened.

    Maddy may yet turn up (hopefully alive), as the series concludes, many children re-appear after missing for many many years, so there is always hope.

    But still...after all that, after all the investigations, recriminations, court cases, fundraising, one thing STILL makes me questions the McCanns - the Cuddle cat!

    Cuddle cat was Maddy's favourite toy & Kate carried it with her everywhere. It smelt of Maddy, it was something she treasured. But when police wanted to test it, it was put in the washing machine....IT SMELT OF MADDIE and she washed it!? And that is the one thing that sticks in my mind even after 8 hours of watching this series - and oddly, one of the few things the series didn't even mention!
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2019
  9. pete lashmar

    pete lashmar Soap Chat Fan

    Message Count:
    338
    Trophy Points:
    377
    Location:
    Portugal
    Ratings:
    +673
    Can I just add - after this & Leaving Neverland & Making a Murderer - I am kinda done with documentary series for a while, they kinda take over your whole thought process!
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  10. Angela Channing

    Angela Channing Soap Chat Warrior

    Message Count:
    5,843
    Trophy Points:
    7,960
    Ratings:
    +8,516
    Medals:
    10
    Member Since:
    1999
    I started watching this series and I find it really slow going. They are dragging out a story that the series Panorama did in a single one hour show into an 8 hour series and I understand there is no major new revelations.

    I don't know whether or not they had any involvement in Madeleine's death but surely they have committed the crime of child neglect. They left a 3 year old child on her own while they went out boozing. They couldn't even be bothered to check on their children themselves and left it to others in their group to do the job. When their child went missing, rather than wanting to be on hand if there was significant news or to greet Madeleine had she been found, they thought it was more important that both of them should go to the Vatican to meet the Pope.

    Whatever this couple are, they are not good parents.
     
  11. Justine

    Justine Soap Chat Active Member

    Message Count:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    277
    Location:
    U.K.
    Ratings:
    +239
    Episodes 1-3 were well done and built a bit of tension but it's downhill from there. I'm on episode 6, so maybe the last two episodes will wrap it up better but on the whole I'd say I'm unimpressed. It's definitely not one of the best documentaries Netflix have produced.
     
  12. Angela Channing

    Angela Channing Soap Chat Warrior

    Message Count:
    5,843
    Trophy Points:
    7,960
    Ratings:
    +8,516
    Medals:
    10
    Member Since:
    1999
    I've now finished watching this and overall I thought the documentary was quite sympathetic to the parents and included a lot of material that indicated they were not involved in their daughter's disappearance. The last 3 episodes were the most interesting, focusing on the findings of the private investigators but everything else has been in broadcast or written about before. Other the disappearance of Madeleine, the biggest crime was dragging out the documentary over 8 episodes.
     
  13. pete lashmar

    pete lashmar Soap Chat Fan

    Message Count:
    338
    Trophy Points:
    377
    Location:
    Portugal
    Ratings:
    +673
    I think episodes 1,2 & 3 could have been reduced into just 2 episodes without losing too much - a brief into is all that was needed and then straight onto the night she vanished and the press invasion. Only the Portuguese reporter had an interesting story to tell, the freelancer really wasn't needed.
     
  14. Ome

    Ome Admin

    Message Count:
    9,507
    Trophy Points:
    2,638
    Ratings:
    +16,219
    Gender:
    Male
    I want to watch this, but the length put me off.
     

Share This Page