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Channel 4 broadcasts documentaries about the campaign to liberate Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Channel 4 will show a documentary about Richard Ratcliffe’s campaign to free his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after she was detained in Iran.

His one-episode documentary, titled Nazanin, follows Ratcliffe’s life over the past six years as he balances political campaigning with raising their daughter, Gabriella.

The broadcaster said it included how the seven-year-old coped with separation from her mother and the moment when Mr Ratcliffe realized her detention was linked to a £400m debt that dates back to the 1970s.

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Nazanin is seen on Facetime with Richard from Iran (Darius Bazargan/PA)

It also comes after her final days of negotiations with the British Foreign Office in Tehran and her journey home.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “Nazanin is an intimate, accessibility-driven documentary – part love story, part political thriller. It’s a story about a man with a big heart and combines original, observational cinematography with never-before-seen documentary footage from Nazanin herself about her ordeal. ”

Nazanin will air later this year. The film was shot and directed by Darius Bazargan, executive produced by Ben de Pear and commissioned by Nevine Mabro.

Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian charity worker, returned to British soil in the early hours of Thursday with co-national Anoosheh Ashoori, after the UK finally agreed to settle the debt with Iran.

The 43-year-old was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on security charges in 2016 at Imam Khomeini airport after a holiday visit to Iran where she introduced her daughter to her parents.

She was accused of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government.

Mr. Ashoori, 67, was arrested in August 2017 while visiting his elderly mother in Tehran. He was held in Evin prison for almost 5 years, accused of espionage.

Both have consistently and forcefully denied the allegations.

Their release comes after months of tense diplomatic negotiations between London and Tehran.

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