Cop Featured In New Madeleine McCann Doc Believes We Will Find Out What Happened To Her

New Netflix docu-series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be hitting Netflix tomorrow (15 March), and with a total of eight episodes to dive into, it promises a detailed account that goes 'beyond the headlines'.

The series will explore the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine, who vanished from her bedroom while on holiday in Portugal with her family in May 2007 - a story that remains one of the world's biggest mysteries, almost 12 years on.

Bringing together the input of more than 40 contributors and 120 hour of interviews, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann features never-before-heard testimonies from those at the heart of the story - including friends of the McCann family, investigators working the case and those who became the subject of media speculation and rumour.

One of the people featured in the series is Jim Gamble, a top child protection detective who was part of the UK's first investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine.

He believes that one day soon we will find out what happened to the girl, thanks to ever-developing technology.

Gamble believes we will find out what happened to Madeleine one day. Credit: PA
Gamble believes we will find out what happened to Madeleine one day. Credit: PA

In the doc, which was directed by Chris Smith (who was also at the helm for Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened and Jim & Andy), Gamble says: "I absolutely believe that in my lifetime we will find out what has happened to Madeleine McCann.

"There's huge hope to be had with the advances in technology.

"Year on year, DNA is getting better. Year on year, other techniques including facial recognition are getting better.

"And as we use that technology to revisit and review that which we captured in the past, there's every likelihood that something we already know will slip into position."

Discussing the potential connection with human trafficking, he added: "There is no doubt that human trafficking is a massive problem.

"On the Internet you can go into those dark places and say, 'This is who I am and this is what I do,' and you're made to feel better about who you are because there's so many others."

However, while The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann features interviews with countless insiders, there are two people who want nothing to do with it: Madeleine's parents, who have slammed the new documentary and said it could 'hinder' the investigation.

Kate and Gerry McCann. Credit: PA
Kate and Gerry McCann. Credit: PA

In a 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.

"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."

Watch The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Netflix from Friday 15 March.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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