Serial, the phenomenally good podcast that's puzzling armchair detectives around the world, is to be broadcast on the radio by the BBC on its Radio 4 station. It's the first time that the real-life murder mystery has been available beyond the podcast format and, despite Serial's massive popularity in the States, the Beeb has bagged first dibs on broadcasting it on the wireless.
Radio 4 will play one episode a day from Sunday 7th December at 9pm, with the run looking to end on December 18th unless its creators sneak in an unexpected extra show. Radio 4 listeners will sadly never get to experience the kooky "Mail...Kimp?" advert that kicks off each episode of the podcast, what with its license fee meaning that the BBC never airs advertisments.
Since kicking off in October, Serial has quickly become one of the most popular podcasts of all time. It is an in-depth look at the case surrounding the 1999 murder of US high schooler Hae Min Lee. Hae's former boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was sentenced to life for her murder, but remains steadfast in his claimed innocence to this day. As the podcast slowly reveals, despite the conviction, this is far from being a solved case. If you can't wait for the Beeb's broadcast, you can catch up with all ten episodes so far here.