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discovery+ Original investigates the new prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case

February 15, 2021

A Danish discovery+ Original produced by Heartland TV sheds a new light on one of the world’s most well-known criminal cases. The documentary series Prime Suspect: The Madeleine McCann Case premieres internationally on discovery+ on the 15th of February.

AMSTERDAM 11 February 2021 The German police have declared that a German national Christian B. is the new prime suspect in the case of abduction and murder of British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared from her parents’ holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007. The federal police are convinced that Madeleine’s abductor is sitting in a German jail, where he is serving a sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz – the same holiday paradise where Madeleine was abducted.

Prime Suspect: The Madeleine McCann Case is a three-part discovery+ Original documentary series that has been produced by Danish Heartland TV and directed by Jesper H. Grand. The documentary series examines the new German suspect Christian B for the first time, and his link to one of the world’s most well-known unsolved cases: Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. Friends of the suspect, an ex-girlfriend and other key persons in the case, including the suspect’s defense counsel, the German prosecutor and the former Portuguese investigator, have all chosen to participate in filming this documentary. 

Myriam Lopez-Otazu, GVP Content, Sourcing & Acquisitions Discovery EMEA & APAC, said: “One of our core real-life genres on discovery+ is true crime and we want to unfold present tense investigations and bring answers to our subscribers locally and internationally. We are delighted to partner with our Danish creative team and Heartland TV on this important story. The producers have travelled across Europe and interviewed the key people who shared for the first time ever why and how Christian B. has become the prime suspect in one of the most well-known criminal cases in the world.”

Jesper H. Grand, Producer, Heartland TV, said: “On behalf of the team, I am incredibly proud that we have had the opportunity to undertake such an ambitious international project. I think it has been an advantage for the series that we come from a small country that is not involved in the case and have been able to look at it from a fresh perspective.”

Pil Gundelach Brandstrup, VP Content and programming Discovery Denmark, said: “It was our Executive Producer Tine Røgind Quist who originally got the idea for the documentary series, which is without a doubt one of our most ambitious Danish produced true crime projects to date. Everyone knows about the Madeleine McCann case, and I hope that our discovery+ viewers in Denmark and in the rest of the world will find the documentary series very interesting.”

The first episode will be available on discovery+ on the 15th of February in the UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. It will also premiere in India, the US, Germany, Portugal and South America later in 2021.


Eerika Roos
Senior Director Communications, Discovery EMEA,
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