60 Minutes Febuary 6

60 Minutes returns this weekend with an interview everyone is bound to be talking about.

 In the very early hours of Wednesday the third of November last year, a beautiful and brave four-year-old girl looked into the eyes of a Western Australia Police Force officer and assertively declared, “My name is Cleo.”

They were the most incredible four words to hear, and Australians everywhere rejoiced.  Cleo Smith was alive and safe. 

Eighteen days earlier, while camping with her family at a remote beach north of Carnarvon in WA, the little girl had been kidnapped. Immediately an extensive search was organised, but as days turned to weeks many people lost hope that Cleo would ever be found.

Not her mum Ellie Smith and stepdad Jake Gliddon though.

Now, in a remarkable premiere for the 44th season of 60 MINUTES, Ellie and Jake make startling revelations to reporter Tara Brown about what really happened to their precious daughter; how they coped during the time she was missing, especially when faced with hurtful accusations that they were involved in Cleo’s disappearance; and why they refused to believe she wouldn’t be coming home.

In this world-exclusive story, the couple also share the latest news about Cleo’s wellbeing since her harrowing ordeal, as well as cherished family videos which are guaranteed to make everyone smile with delight.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Garry McNab, Sheree Gibson

8:40pm Sunday on Nine.


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