The Trojan Horse Affair

Serial Productions & The New York Times

A strange letter appears on a city councillor’s desk in Birmingham, England, laying out an elaborate plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the city’s schools. The plot has a code name: Operation Trojan Horse. The story soon explodes in the news and kicks off a national panic. By the time it all dies down, the government has launched multiple investigations, beefed up the country’s counterterrorism policy, revamped schools and banned people from education for the rest of their lives. To Hamza Syed, who is watching the scandal unfold in his city, the whole thing seemed … off. Because through all the official inquiries and heated speeches in Parliament, no one has ever bothered to answer a basic question: Who wrote the letter? And why? The night before Hamza is to start journalism school, he has a chance meeting in Birmingham with the reporter Brian Reed, the host of the hit podcast S-Town. Together they team up to investigate: Who wrote the Trojan Horse letter? They quickly discover that it’s a question people in power do not want them asking. From Serial Productions and The New York Times comes The Trojan Horse Affair: a mystery in eight parts.

  • 3 February 2022, 11:45 am

    Part 8: An Appointment in Perth

    47 minutes 30 seconds
  • 3 February 2022, 11:30 am

    Part 7: The Detail of the Deputies

    50 minutes 26 seconds
  • 3 February 2022, 11:15 am

    Part 6: Cucumbers and Cooker Bombs

    1 hour 4 minutes
  • 3 February 2022, 11:00 am

    Part 5: A Study in Scarlett

    1 hour 8 seconds
  • 3 February 2022, 10:45 am

    Part 4: The Meeting and the Mole

    45 minutes 25 seconds
  • 3 February 2022, 10:30 am

    Part 3: Sir Albert and the Missing “H”

    38 minutes 6 seconds
  • 3 February 2022, 10:15 am

    Part 2: The Case of the Four Resignations

    53 minutes 20 seconds
  • 3 February 2022, 10:00 am

    Part 1: The Letter in the Brown Paper Envelope

    59 minutes 15 seconds
  • 27 January 2022, 11:00 am


    3 minutes 7 seconds
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