CMTV’s 10 year special, O Enigma, aired on 1 May 2017, and to be honest, I did not gain much from it at all.
The format was basically a day in Luz speaking to Gonçalo Amaral with two presenters. While it covered a great deal of ground, it had little depth. And it trotted out a lot of unsubstantiated claims.
It did have a drone camera with some nice aerial pics, but I would say that BBC’s Panorama won the battle of the drones.
The programme took a fairly loaded Portuguese view, but that is roughly what I would have expected, given that the target audience was Portuguese.
Gonçalo Amaral pointed out a number of inconsistencies and changes in early statements by the Tapas 9.
The Tannerman and Smithman sightings were touched on, but again with little detail.
The programme moved on to Calpol. It was incorrectly described.
Then O Enigma moved to events of the night before swiftly moving to Eddie and Keela, and dog alerts. Two pieces of Kate’s clothing, two pieces of Madeleine’s clothing, Cuddle Cat, the key fob, the boot.
Then, was there a frozen body? Was there a chilled body? Whoever believes this bumph does not understand the basics of decomposition. Animal and fish products are gutted to remove the bacteria that would rot the carcass.
The programme then rambled, over a mysterious apartment near the cemetery, a supposed rogatory that does not appear in the PJ Files, and back to Calpol.
O Enigma moved onto the McCanns suing Amaral, and Amaral winning.
There was quite a long section about the coffin in the church with an English lady about to be cremated. There are details in this that I had not heard before, but none of them stack up.
Perhaps the oddest thing was close to the end. Gonçalo Amaral said he should have remained in the PJ while writing his book. Personally, I think he would have got shredded by the Portuguese judges if he had done that.