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Netflix is making a true crime series on the disappearance on Madeleine McCann

The Independent logo The Independent 08/09/2017 Clarisse Loughrey
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Netflix will take on one of the most controversial cases to hit UK headlines in recent years.

In 2007, 3-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from her hotel room while on holiday in Portugal's Praia de Luz with her parents and two siblings. It sparked one of the most heavily reported missing-person cases in modern history, becoming a national obsession and still regularly hitting headlines when any new developments come to light.

Despite several potential suspects and sightings over the years, McCann's whereabouts are still unknown.

The case will now form the centre of a new as-yet-untitled, eight episode true crime series, featuring interviews with both investigators and key figures from the case.

This isn't the first time Netflix has dabbled in controversial criminal cases, releasing last year a one-part documentary on Amanda Knox, the American student who served almost four years in an Italian prison for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, before being definitively acquitted.

True crime's surge in popularity was certainly aided by Netflix's own Making a Murderer, based on Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey's conviction of Teresa Halbach.

A release date for the Madeleine McCann documentary has yet to be announced.


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