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Post  Freedom on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 11:31 am

I've just received next week's Radio Times.

Here's the blurb for the programme at 21.00 on 3rd May.

She is the most famous missing person in the world and, since her disappearance from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz exactly ten years ago, Madeleine McCann's case has been investigated by police forces from both Britain and Portugal - only for them to arrive at very different conclusions about what happened to the three-year-old. Richard Bilton, who has covered the story from its very first days, examines the evidence to have emerged to date, tracking down the men British police have questioned about the case.
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Post  mumof6 on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 3:45 pm

https://www.thesun.co.uk/uncategorized/3419005/madeleine-mccann-10-years-bbc-documentary-investigation-disappearance/

SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH When is Madeleine McCann: 10 Years On on BBC One? Documentary examining the investigation into Maddie’s disappearance
Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 while on holiday with her family in Portugal
By Ellie Genower
26th April 2017, 2:58 pm

GERRY and Kate McCann have been searching for their daughter Madeleine McCann for ten years after she vanished on May 3 2007.

We take a look at a new Panorama documentary which examines the police investigation into the three-year-old’s disappearance.

A new documentary explores the police investigation into PA:PRESS ASSOCIATION

A new Panorama documentary explores the police investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance
When does Madeleine McCann: 10 Years On air on BBC1?

The documentary airs on Wednesday May 3 at 9pm, exactly 10 years after Maddie vanished.

The programme sees reporter Richard Bilton visit the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, where Maddie went missing.

Bilson has covered the story for the BBC since the first days of Maddie’s disappearance.

Reporter Richard Bilton travels to Lisbon to interview the Deputy Head of Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria in documentary Madeleine McCann: 10 Years On
What issues will the McCann documentary explore?

The documentary explores the “contradictory conclusions” reached by the investigative police forces in Portugal and the UK.

Bilton examines the evidence and tracks down the men British police have questioned about the case.

He also visits Lisbon to interview the Deputy Head of the Policia Judiciaria.

Bilton examines the evidence of both British and Portuguese police forces in the documentary
When did Madeleine McCann go missing?

Madeleine, three, vanished on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in the Algarve, Portugal.

Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a nearby tapas bar.

When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Maddie was not in her bed and was missing.

Bilton visits the Praia del Luz resort where Madeleine went missing back in 2007
What are the latest developments in the case?

Detectives working on the case are still pursuing “critical” leads as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance approaches, a Scotland Yard chief has said.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there are “significant investigative avenues” that are of “great interest” to both the UK and Portuguese teams.

Veteran investigative journalist Danny Collins believes the toddler could not have been snatched from the room.

He is convinced she left the apartment in Praia da Luz looking for her parents before being abducted and possibly sold to gypsies.

Former Scotland Yard detective Colin Sutton says the most “most likely and credible scenario” for Maddie’s disappearance is a targeted kidnap – possibly to replace some grieving parents’ own dead child.

A Portuguese probe into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance was archived in July 2008 before being reopened in May 2014 after convicted burglar Euclides Monteiro, a former employee at the Ocean club holiday resort where the youngster vanished from, was identified as a suspect.

His widow Luisa Rodrigues has always insisted the Cape Verdian immigrant, who died in a tractor accident in 2009, is an innocent man but he has never been officially ruled out of the inquiry.

Madeleine McCann investigators state they're pursuing 'significant' leads as the 10 year anniversary approaches
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Post  froggy on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 3:54 pm

mumof6 wrote: Madelene McCann investigators state they're pursuing 'significant' leads as the 10 year anniversary approaches

Clearly not in 'hot pursuit'  Very Happy
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Post  Mimi on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 4:10 pm

The BBC and/or Richard Bilton will follow the party line.

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Post  Freedom on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 4:11 pm

I must admit that I'm not optimistic - it has to be better than the Australian programme but that's not saying much.
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Post  froggy on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 4:45 pm

Mimi wrote:The BBC and/or Richard Bilton will follow the party line.

In the absence of definitive results from the police, reporters will have to be very careful what they say.

I would settle for an honest and accurate account of events, but I doubt that is part of the script.
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Post  Admin on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 4:49 pm

froggy wrote:
Mimi wrote:The BBC and/or Richard Bilton will follow the party line.

In the absence of definitive results from the police, reporters will have to be very careful what they say.

I would settle for an honest and accurate account of events, but I doubt that is part of the script.

If they keep doing these programmes, then that is all we expect as you say froggy, an honest and accurate account.  No one will complain at that I am sure.  It is the media pushing all the rubbish and prompting all the speculation and conspiracy theories.  Just for once it would be good to see accurate honest reporting.

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Post  mumof6 on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 10:55 pm

Admin wrote:  No one will complain at that I am sure.


I can think of a couple of people who would.

No one is allowed to doubt their version.
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Post  Freedom on Sun 30 Apr 2017, 9:29 am

Knowing now that the programme features a new interview with the McCanns, I won't be watching when it's first broadcast, maybe later when I can hurry past.

Surely there is no place in a programme which claims to be impartial for a sycophantic interview with the obvious suspects, making no mention of the fact that their version of events is a pile of you know what!
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Post  Freedom on Sun 30 Apr 2017, 1:27 pm

For those who can't wait (!) the interview is here.

Kate really does look as if she's overdosed on the Botox.

http://www.lbc.co.uk/news/uk/kate-and-gerrys-milestone-interview/
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BBC NEWS broadcasting interview with the McCanns at 2.30pm today Sunday

Post  PMR on Sun 30 Apr 2017, 2:27 pm

With Fiona Bruce ,the trailers have proved enough for me. I'm listening to football

I've put your post here, PMR.
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Post  Mimi on Sun 30 Apr 2017, 6:39 pm

Freedom wrote:For those who can't wait (!) the interview is here.

Kate really does look as if she's overdosed on the Botox.

http://www.lbc.co.uk/news/uk/kate-and-gerrys-milestone-interview/

I wondered why her face was so shiney, but couldn`t see evidence of botox - in fact the reverse - very lined. Yet GM hasn`t aged a bit.

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Post  wjk on Sun 30 Apr 2017, 6:56 pm

Interesting how quickly her hair has grown since last week's interview with Rahni Sadler Rolling Eyes

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Post  unreorganised on Sun 30 Apr 2017, 9:14 pm

Mimi wrote:Yet GM hasn`t aged a bit.

I bet that portrait he's got locked up in the loft looks haggard though.
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Post  Andrew on Tue 02 May 2017, 4:41 pm

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3419005/madeleine-mccann-10-years-on-bbc-documentary-disappearance/

SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH When is Madeleine McCann: 10 Years On on BBC One? Documentary examining the investigation into missing Maddie’s disappearance
Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 while on holiday with her family in Portugal
By Ellie Genower
2nd May 2017, 3:24 pm Updated: 2nd May 2017, 4:16 pm
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Post  Andrew on Wed 03 May 2017, 12:02 pm


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/bbc-panoramas-richard-bilton-supporters-mccanns-asked-act-spy/

BBC Panorama's Richard Bilton: 'Supporters of the McCanns asked me to act as a spy - I declined'

Richard Bilton, bbc panorama
3 MAY 2017 • 11:40AM

It is the story I keep returning to. For ten years, I’ve travelled to Portugal; talked to police officers and contacts; followed developments. But the facts have never changed.

Madeleine McCann disappeared ten years ago today, and we still don’t know what happened to her.

I was sent to Praia da Luz in the first days after her disappearance. The village is a collection of modern villas and apartment blocks sat between fields and a golden beach. Apart from the church and the fort, it’s hard to find anything more than 30 years old. It’s built for families like the McCanns. Middle-class Brits who want time in the sun.

I’ve come to view Luz in a different way. The holidaymakers only see the beach and the restaurants. They don’t think of crime. They’re not aware of their vulnerability.

In the weeks before the McCanns arrived in Luz there had been a mini-crime wave. There had been two burglaries in the apartment block where they were staying. British police still think Madeleine might have gone missing during a burglary that went wrong.

I spent much of 2007 in Portugal. It changed from being a missing person story to something else. Something approaching a national obsession

Those early days were hectic: filming searches, briefings, family statements. I was expecting to be in Luz for a week. But it never stopped. There was always more. I spent much of 2007 in Portugal. It changed from being a missing person story to something else. Something approaching a national obsession.


As a reporter, I’m not often recognised or approached. Now, people were coming up to me at petrol stations or in supermarkets. They all wanted an answer to the same question: What had really happened to Madeleine McCann?

I was offered a deal by supporters of the McCanns. If I spied on the press pack, and passed on any stories I heard about the first suspect, Robert Murat, I’d be given leads from inside the camp. I declined

I didn’t know then and I don’t know now. But I wanted to know. My relationship with the case was changing. Reporters rarely bring stories home. It’s healthy to leave them in your laptop. But this case was different because I was with it all the time, but there were no answers.

Night after night I’d broadcast live from outside apartment 5a – the last place Madeleine was seen. As I waited in the dark, I’d stare at the windows and doors, turning over the theories. It’s such a bland little flat. It gives up no clues. But something happened in there. A little girl went missing and she has never been found.


There were strange moments. I was offered a deal by supporters of the McCanns. If I spied on the press pack, and passed on any stories I heard about the first suspect, Robert Murat, I’d be given leads from inside the camp. I declined.

The McCann family have said they knew nothing about it. I recently told Robert Murat, who’s long since been cleared. He seemed genuinely upset.

There were a few times when it felt like we were close to a breakthrough. I remember racing to a location in southern Spain. We’d been told the police had a major lead. But it was a gang trying to make money. Madeleine wasn’t there.

Over that first summer, suspicion moved towards her parents. The relationship between local and British journalists altered. At one point a Portuguese crew started shouting questions at me. They wanted the BBC’s reaction. My slightly half-hearted, "I don’t think it’s for me to comment" made the evening news.

Reporting facts had become difficult, as there were none. Just lots of demand. UK tabloid newspapers were lifting unattributed leaks from Portuguese papers and running them as headlines.

When the story of blood being found in apartment 5a broke, it was initially based almost completely on Portuguese leaks. I had to do a live update for the BBC News at Ten.

I thought the viewers would expect me to tell it straight: "I know where these stories are coming from, but they’re rumours, and I don’t know if they’re true."

I got calls from colleagues praising my honesty. A cameraman’s reaction was more straightforward: "Great live. What won’t you know about tomorrow night?"

The story continued to twist and turn. By late summer the McCanns had become the main suspects. I’ll never forget the days they were questioned. They were brought to the town of Portimao. The tight streets around the police station were lined with film crews and journalists from around the world. Locals gathered too, and booed when Kate McCann arrived.

The Portuguese case against the McCanns looked weak then. It looks preposterous now
Later in the day, the family’s spokeswoman breathlessly confirmed to a knot of journalists that the police had accused Kate McCann of involvement in her daughter’s death. They were offering her a deal.

It was an extraordinary moment. I had met Kate and Gerry McCann several times. Could they really have had something to do with their daughter’s death? I couldn’t believe it. The Portuguese case against them looked weak then. It looks preposterous now.

I have no relationship with Madeleine McCann’s parents. As I have examined the case over the years, I have received warning letters from their lawyers, Carter Ruck. But I have never seen anything that makes me doubt their innocence, and I have always felt for them as parents enduring an ongoing nightmare.

Two days after they were questioned, the McCanns returned to the UK. I was told in the middle of the night that they were leaving. I went to their villa at dawn. There were scores of journalists gathered by their gates. As the McCanns headed to the airport they were pursued by a snapping, filming pack. Camera crews hung out of windows and sun roofs. It was as dangerous as it was unedifying. But they were home, and the story had moved to a new stage.

Since that first, mad summer I have returned to Luz many times. The village has tired of the attention. Reporters are no longer welcome. But interest in Madeleine McCann has never dipped. The publication of the PJ Files – the records of the Portuguese investigation – and the appearance of websites dedicated to the case have allowed anybody to study the details. People used to ask my view. Now they tell me theirs.

I have no relationship with the McCanns. But I have never seen anything that makes me doubt their innocence, and I have always felt for them as parents enduring an ongoing nightmare
Richard Bilton, BBC Panorama
As a journalist, I have tried to look at the case from every angle. We have made three Panorama programmes. I’ve looked for evidence, witnesses and clues. I’ve spent time with police officers from the UK and Portugal. What’s striking is how little is truly known. After so much police hard work, it’s still theories and ideas. Both forces – here and in Portugal – say they continue to investigate. "It isn’t over", they say. I’m glad.

I would love to report on the resolution of this mystery. To finally know what happened on that night ten years ago. But the truth about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann still seems as far away as ever.

BBC Panorama – Madeleine McCann: 10 Years On, BBC One, tonight at 9pm
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Post  candyfloss on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:05 pm

Anyone watch this just?

First bloomer by Bilton, the Find Madeleine charity is what I thought I heard.

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Post  chrissie on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:12 pm

I did and noticed that. Thought it was quite fair and certainly not all favourable to the McCanns.

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Post  What's_up_doc? on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:13 pm

I heard that too...and the bit where he interviewed the  poor unsuspecting former employee was excruciating but I thought there were some good points and Clarence Mitchell was so pompous he did the McCanns no favours at all. A mixed bag.

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Post  handrash on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:17 pm

So Bilton has solved it.
A thief broke open the shutter and stole her.
He even may have identified the snatcher as being the guy with the boat.
Now this is the foremost investigative journalist that the BBC has to offer.
God help us all.

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Post  Helenmeg on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:19 pm

Any programme with Gamble and Mitchell is going to be a farce.
Like the way Gamble had a go at T May (as he would) - hopefully might make T May more keen to get the truth out...
What an idiot Bilton is.
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Post  TheTruthWillOut on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:20 pm

chrissie wrote:I did and noticed that. Thought it was quite fair and certainly not all favourable to the McCanns.

I wouldn't go so far as saying it was fair. He did go through the dogs (only took 10 years..) and showed a GA interview because they were now "allowed"!? Then went on to trash them and the DNA evidence but didn't point out the failings/shutting down of FSS. He didn't do the same for OG's burglar theory. All he said right at the end was that the 3 "suspects" were finally released from the status after 3 years.

There were other annoyances but can't be bothered to waste my time anymore. The current PJ top man definitely wasn't giving anything away and wouldn't be drawn at all.
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Post  chrissie on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:30 pm

I know what you mean but my expectations weren't very high.
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Post  What's_up_doc? on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:30 pm

I don't know if it was intentional but the PJ came across as far more intelligent than OG. It just looked farcical with reports of SY detectives turning up and questioning a man who appeared to have a learning disability, because they thought he resembled an E-fit - which he didn't. CM was so pompous and supercilious it is according to him unbelievable that doctors could be involved in the disappearance of their daughter. Simple, poor foreign people why yes  but heaven forbid British doctors! What a nasty, deluded snob!

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Post  Helenmeg on Wed 03 May 2017, 10:32 pm

Yes there were a lot of annoyances and it was biased pro McCann but with Gamble and Mitchell as key contributors that was expected. Clearly showed Bbc bias but unless you have taken a keen interest in this case that would go over your head... Most viewers would have taken it at face value. My 13 yr old son watched it and his only comment was the parents don't seem very caring people towRds Maddie only for themselves.
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