McCanns to appear in documentary marking the anniversary of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance

The parents of Madeleine McCann are taking part in an ITV documentary to mark the first anniversary of their daughter's disappearance.

Cameras have been following Kate and Gerry McCann since January for the programme, which will feature extended contributions from the couple.

The one-hour ITV1 special follows the couple as they launch a campaign to introduce a U.S.-style Amber Alert system in Europe when a child goes missing.

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Campaign: Kate and Gerry McCann are to appear in a one-hour documentary about their daughter Madeleine, who disappeared last May

They have already been filmed at their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, and travelling to Washington in the U.S. to pursue their campaign.

Cameras will also be with the pair when they intend to highlight the issue in Brussels.

The alert system would see law enforcement agencies empowered to commandeer airtime on TV and radio when a child goes missing.

ITV said the McCanns hope a European-wide scheme would help other families in similar circumstances.

In the documentary, the McCanns also talk about Madeleine, the night the four-year-old went missing, becoming "arguido" suspects in Portugal and the decision to return to Britain.

A statement from the broadcaster said: "ITV has commissioned Mentorn Media to make a documentary marking the first anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance and focusing on the campaign to prevent others going through a similar ordeal."

It said no payment has been made to Madeleine's parents for making the programme and the broadcaster will instead donate £10,000 to the Find Madeleine Fund.

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Missing: Four-year-old Madeleine vanished from her parents' holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve. She has not been seen since

Steve Anderson, executive producer for Mentorn Media, said: "Amid all of the controversy, what should be remembered is that a little girl is still missing and her family is trying its best to find her.

"We have been with Kate and Gerry McCann as they have pushed for a better system across Europe to help stop child abduction.

"They are determined to do whatever they can to make sure that what happened to Madeleine doesn't happen to another child.

"They also speak frankly and honestly about Madeleine's disappearance which is undoubtedly one of the biggest stories of the past 12 months."

Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3.

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