Report by João Tiago/SIC *
Lower third – Maddie’s disappearance – 4 years/Madeleine McCann disappeared in Praia da Luz in May 3 of 2007
News Anchor: Maddie McCann disappeared four years ago, the parents don’t give up on the search, however the authorities remain without leads, and in Praia da Luz in Lagos the topic is rarely talked.
Sic Journalist (SJ): The landscape of that secluded spot in the Algarve continues to attract visitors, not as many as in other times but the sufficient ones, which guarantee the survival of some business.
Man Tourist (MT): “We had looked on google earth, and it looked very picturesque. I ‘googled-earth’ that church and the restaurant next door, which we are going to go and have a coffee.”
SJ: “And did you know this is the village where Madeleine has been abducted?”
MT: “No, no I overlooked that fact. That’s not the reason we came.”
Lower third – The authorities still do not have any lead about the disappearance of the child.
SJ: The pilgrimages to see the paradisiacal village from where Madeleine disappeared have long since ended. The search that has passionate the World is fading in time.
Lower third – Case has been forgotten by the locals and tourists who visit Praia da Luz
Beach Sales Man (BSM): “They asked where the place was, what had happened… Now they came and ask nothing, it is as if ...”
SJ: “They’d forgotten?”
BSM: “As if they had forgotten it. It’s a closed matter.”
SJ: Four years have gone-by since the night when Portuguese and English, locals and tourists, scoured Praia da Luz in search of the little girl. Only the church seems to want to remember her.
Lower third – Vigil in Praia da Luz church remembers the child but tourists are indifferent.
SJ: Indifferent to the prayers, families of tourists arrive to get their rest as they have always done.
Woman Tourist 1 (WT1): “I’ve got three children, and the youngest one has been coming since he was three years old. It does get a lot more freedom here than he does at home. When Madeleine first went missing, we did kind of rein him in a little bit, but as the years have gone on he’s got is freedom back, he’s like coming up to ten.”
Woman Tourist 2 (WT2): “I don’t want to think about what’s happened to her. I do sometimes but I can’t bare the thoughts, no, no.”
SJ: “It’s better to look at this wonderful landscape?”
SJ: Just like Praia da Luz seems to have returned to normality, the Ocean Club hopes this summer will be as it used to. It’s preparing itself with improvements to welcome this summer tourists.
Lower third - Journalists from all over the world followed the case, which has become highly mediatic.
SJ: Similarly, the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared will open the doors this summer to receive tourists. The owner of the apartment who has been trying to sell it for the last four years gave up the sale.
Lower third – Owner of the apartment from where the child disappeared gave up selling the property.
SJ: In the fourth anniversary of that fateful night, the McCann couple has decided to stay home, in Rothley, close to their family and friends. They do not intend to go back to Praia da Luz for now, but they want to revive memories. On May, 12, the day that marks Madeleine’s birthday, Kate McCann launches her own book, in the hope that it will bring new leads. It’s simply titled ‘Madeleine’, the name of the girl who would have or has, at this time, 8 years old.
Note: * SIC Portuguese channel media lawyer is Isabel Duarte, who coincidentally is also the McCann couple ‘libel’ lawyer in Portugal.
By Cormac Murphy
MADELEINE McCann's parents Kate and Gerry are to appear on the Late Late Show for their first major Irish interview, the Herald can reveal.
Host Ryan Tubridy will be talking to the McCanns on Friday week as they continue their efforts to locate their missing daughter.
It is believed the interview is being timed to coincide with the publication of 43-year-old Kate's book, entitled Madeleine, which hits the shelves next week.
The 384-page work is being released on May 12, Madeleine's eighth birthday.
Kate and Gerry marked the fourth anniversary of their daughter's disappearance with family and friends this week.
The book is their account of how the youngster vanished while on a family holiday in Portugal.
Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing in Praia da Luz, Algarve, in May 2007.
The McCanns hope the publication of the book will prompt people holding vital information about what happened to come forward.
It was originally due out last week but publishers Transworld postponed the release to avoid a clash with the Royal Wedding.
The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance formally ceased in July 2008. However, private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search for the missing child.
Liverpool-born Kate's mother Susan Healy said of the book: "Kate has to tell her story, even though it's been the most terribly painful process over the last nine months.
"We just hope that something will come from the book. It's something that may just force someone to come forward. It's also an account for Madeleine and for the twins [six-year-old Sean and Amelie]."
Proceeds from the sales will also help boost their dwindling fund to search for their daughter.
The book, which Kate wrote without the aid of a ghost writer, has a recommended retail price of around €22 and is expected to become a best-seller.
Extracts will be serialised by newspapers from this weekend before the book is published.
A family friend described how Kate wrote through the day, while the couple's twins were at school, and then returned to her study to write late into the evening after the children had gone to bed.
The McCanns hope sales of the book will raise more than £1m (€1.1m) for Madeleine's fund.
The book's launch will be accompanied by several television interviews, including the Late Late appearance.
in Herald.ie, May 5 2001