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Serial fans, HBO is bringing Adnan Syed’s story to your television

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Could this new, four-hour documentary series finally uncover what really happened to Hae Min Lee?

Serial is the addictive 12 episode podcast that, after gaining huge popularity in 2014, left listeners gasping for more. 

It told the story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted for the murder of his high school girlfriend, 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, in 2000. He has since spent 18 years in prison, but consistently maintained his innocence.

After the case was picked up by producer and presenter Sarah Koenig, it quickly went viral as she re-examined dodgy witness statements and missing evidence, questioning if Syed was wrongfully convicted.

But although undeniably fascinating, the question mark that Koenig drew above Syed’s court ruling was also frustrating, because she never actually got to the bottom of what happened – or gave her own opinion one way or the other.

Since then, fans of Serial have been desperate to know more and find out the truth, sharing conspiracy theories and lapping up the subsequent book and podcast released by Syed’s family and lawyer.

Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee, the woman he was found guilty of murdering

And now, Sky and HBO have commissioned a four-hour documentary series on the case. Delving deeper than ever before, producer Amy Berg has gained unprecedented access to the defence team, Syed’s family, friends and teachers of Min Lee and members of Baltimore City law enforcement.

The Case Against Adnan Syed will explore what happened to Min Lee, re-examining the events leading up to her disappearance, the devastating aftermath of her death and the original police investigation.

It promises to present new discoveries and ground-breaking revelations that “challenge the state’s case”. It will look closely at the new trial which was granted in 2016, after Syed’s lawyer Justin Brown focused on some holes in the state’s case.

The release date of the series is yet to be announced, but Director of Programming for Sky, Zai Bennett, has said: “We’re excited to partner with our friends at HBO to bring this fascinating and gripping case to television screens worldwide. 

“We’ll be offering viewers a compelling window into one of the most talked about murder cases in recent years. The hugely talented Amy Berg has unprecedented access to those closest to the investigation, which is sure to make unmissable viewing.”

Images: Getty / Serial 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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