It was only after being aware that the documentary inspired on the book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie” was soon going to be broadcasted on Portuguese TV that the McCanns understood the urgency to show the British public their version of the story. This information was now confirmed by a source close to the couple who added that ‘the campaign launched in the Algarve was only a way to prepare and justify the documentary that they want to show the British public as soon as possible”.
If the documentary with Gonçalo Amaral’s version is going to be the first to be aired in Portugal, even before the second anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance, the version given by the McCanns has already guaranteed a wider broadcasting in Europe: Channel 4 is broadcasting the documentary recently filmed in Praia da Luz and several contracts have already been negotiated, including in Portugal, where the channel chosen was SIC.
Based on the book by the former man in charge of the official inquiry into Maddie’s disappearance, taken off the case due to political pressures exercised on the highest level within the English government, the documentary by Multimédia Valentim de Carvalho doesn’t not contain much new information but, through the strength of the footage, completely destroys the version of an alleged abduction, like Kate and Gerry McCann always insisted happened.
Available in Portuguese and English, the documentary by Multimédia Valentim de Carvalho was directed by Carlos Coelho da Silva, produced by Manuel S. Fonseca and written by Nuno Ramos de Almeida.