By Rod Chaytor
PICTURES of what Madeleine McCann looks like now are to be revealed on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.
Her parents Kate and Gerry will appear on the US programme, which will be broadcast on the weekend of the second anniversary of her disappearance on May 3.
They will fly to Chicago next week to record the show.
Some recording for the one hour special has already taken place and more will follow next week at the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington.
The US charity, have produced the images of how Madeleine would look two years on from her 2007 disappearance at an Algarve holiday apartment.
The "age progression" pictures show her as they believe she looks now, aged five.
The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry have seen the pictures and they are extremely pleased with them.
"They would not be doing this if they didn't think these pictures genuinely showed how their missing daughter would look today.
"The Oprah show is seen by millions in the United States and worldwide and they hope these age progressed pictures will lead to the crucial sighting which will bring their daughter home."
Oprah has been asking Kate and Gerry to appear since Madeleine vanished.
They felt it inappropriate while they continued to be suspects in her disappearance.
But, Mitchell added: "There are a number of messages they now want to get out there.
"It was felt Oprah provided an appropriate platform." A separate reconstruction will be shown on Channel 4 on May 7.
in Daily Record
Kate and Gerry McCann to appear on Oprah show
By Rod Chaytor - yes it's the same hack as above
Kate and Gerry McCann will appear on Oprah Winfrey's chatshow as they bid to keep alive the search for missing Madeleine.
The couple will unveil new computergenerated images of the youngster showing what she would look like now.
The one-hour special with the American TV queen will be broadcast early next month to mark the second anniversary of her disappearance.
Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night: "Kate and Gerry see the show as a very important opportunity to reach a global audience and it's a significant step in the hunt for Madeleine.
"It's seen by millions in the US and worldwide and they hope these pictures will lead to the crucial sighting that will bring their daughter home." Doctors Kate and Gerry, both, 40, of Rothley, Leics, have already shot a segment of the show in the UK. They fly to Chicago next week for further filming.
Some footage will be shot at the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington DC.
The Government-backed charity has produced the new pictures of Madeleine, who would have turned six next month.
Mr Mitchell added: "Kate and Gerry have seen the pictures and they are extremely pleased with them."
He said Oprah had previously tried to quiz the couple but he explained: "It was felt, in the immediate aftermath of Madeleine's disappearance, that a celebrity-based show was not the image they wished to put forward. But life has moved on and it is now felt it will benefit the search."
On May 7, Channel 4 will also screen a reconstruction of the youngster's disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
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