A new documentary will air tonight about the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case, Christian Brueckner.

The show, Madeleine McCann: The Case Against Christian B, sees expert investigator Mark Williams-Thomas look into the evidence against the German paedophile.

Known for his work exposing Jimmy Savile, Williams-Thomas believes Brueckner, given arguido status by the Portuguese authorities, is "in the clear" when it comes to the case.

Maddie went missing from a resort in the village of Praia da Luz, Portugal, sparking a worldwide hunt for her whereabouts, but she has never been found.

Only three at the time of her mysterious disappearance in 2007, Madeleine would now be celebrating her 19th birthday on May 12.

So when does the documentary air and who is the man it looks at?

Who is Christian B?

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Christian B is German paedophile Christian Brueckner, currently serving jail time in his native Germany for the rape of a pensioner.

He was recently named an arguido, or a person of interest, in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.

But investigator Williams-Thomas does not believe Brueckner is responsible for the Maddie mystery.

He said: "In Portugal after 15 years any serious crime including murder can’t be prosecuted… Christian Brueckner was made an arguido to get around this. I believe he is innocent.

"Somebody’s previous offending does not make them responsible. That is not how the criminal justice system should work."

What is the 'evidence' linking Christian B to Madeleine McCann?

German investigators claimed to have found new evidence in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann but admitted the evidence is not forensic.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told TV channel CMTV: "The investigation is still going on and I think we found some new facts, some new evidence, not forensic evidence, but evidence."

Brueckner has repeatedly denied any involvement in the disappearance.

Phone records

A German documentary has claimed phone records put the paedophile within range of the McCann's holiday apartment on the night Maddie went missing.

Other investigations

In a book last year, Wolters said "there is good basis" to suspect Brueckner is responsible for a sex attack on a 10-year-old girl. The assault happened six miles from Praia da Luz around one month before Maddie went missing.

The prosecutor has also said Belgian officers are looking into the killing of 16-year-old Carola Titze in De Hana in 1996.

In the book My Search For Madeleine by British journalist Jon Clarke, Wolters claimed Brueckner is being investigated about an incident in a children's playground in 2017, roughly 40 miles from Praia da Luz.

The camper van

Dein Ghafoury owned a garage near where Brueckner had a home in the Linden district of Hanover. He claimed he informed police about the work Bruekcner did on his VW camper van.

Dein said: “Two police officers came to speak to me today and asked the same questions you are. I told them he had been working on a ­Volkswagen Camper here and he would lift the roof up and then make it smaller again.

"He was always cutting the roof, raising it and then lowering it. He came and went here."

Alleged fantasies

Brueckner is alleged to have written about grim fantasies about paedophilia in an online chat room, in September 2013.

His ex-girlfriend Nicole Fehlinger made claims to MailOnline about Brueckner's fantasies. She said: "He said he liked small bodies of women and he liked the bodies of girls before they reached puberty."

Cellar and crate factory

It was revealed the paedophile had access to secret cellars, including one on a property in the Algarve.

In 2016, police searched a crate factory near Hanover that Brueckner has been pictured in.

They discovered over 8,000 photos and videos of sexual abuse hidden in a Lidl bag under his buried dead dog.

Christian Brueckner's alibi

Despite the above, doubt has been expressed by some experts about the reported evidence collected by German prosecutors.

Williams-Thomas said: "I am no fan of Christian Brueckner. He has committed some horrific offences. But that doesn’t make him the killer of Madeleine McCann unless there is the evidence to support that. And there isn’t.

"They cannot place him outside Madeleine’s apartment on the day of the disappearance and furthermore he has a credible alibi which places him away from there. And there is evidence of non-changing behaviour."

How can I watch the Christian B documentary?

Madeleine McCann: The Case Against Christian B will be available on Channel 5 at 9pm on Wednesday, May 11.

The show will also be available on My5.

A description of the show reads: "Mark delves into Christian B’s previous offences both as a sex offender and breaking into properties.

"Using his known addresses, Mark pieces together where he was thought to be living when Madeleine disappeared."

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