The three-year-old\'s disappearance in 2007 made headlines

The three-year-old's disappearance in 2007 made headlinesIMAGE: Getty

True crime stories have become one of the most popular entertainment categories over the last few years and the latest offering from Netflix is making headlines even before it reaches screens.

From the likes of Making A Murderer and Abducted In Plain Sight to Oscar nominated Irish short film Detainment, about the James Bulger case, it seems we can’t get enough of delving into the dark corners of society.

High profile stories that never produced an ending have a particular power, and few more so than the ongoing saga of the disappearance of a 3-year-old English girl in 2007. Madeleine McCann went missing from her bed while on holidays with her family in Portugal and the truth of what happened to her is still unknown.

The incident is the topic of Netflix's documentary, The Disappearance of Madeline McCann which has been caught up in controversy even before it has reached screens.

Originally slated for release in 2018, it was first commissioned in 2017 and the delay has raised speculation that the programme has little in the way of new information.

However Netflix has said the series features testimonies from people close to the story including family friends, investigators working on the case and even those who became suspects. 

It is thought that the new documentary claims that the girl was abducted by child traffickers. It also feature interviews with the controversial Portuguese police chief who has accused Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, of covering up the truth about their daughter. 

The McCanns have said that they have had nothing to do with the documentary and criticised its existence, believing it will hinder the still-ongoing case into Madeleine’s disappearance.

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann airs on Netflix from 15 March.

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