The Flight From Tehran - British-iranians 30 Years On

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01Death To The Shah20090112

David Mattin talks to some of the affluent Iranians who came to the UK.

Exiles from the Iranian revolution talk to British-Iranian writer David Mattin about leaving their homeland and family behind to make a new life in Britain.

David talks to some of the first wave of mainly affluent Iranians who came to the UK after the 1979 revolution.

02Freedom, Independence, Islamic Republic *2009011320090519

Exiles from the Iranian revolution talk to British-Iranian writer David Mattin about leaving their homeland and family behind to make a new life in Britain.

David hears how many of those who participated in the early days of the revolution subsequently faced persecution at the hands of the fundamentalist regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini and had to escape to Britain.

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Many of those who participated in the revolution later fled under threat of persecution.

03An Ordinary Life *2009011420090526

Exiles from the Iranian revolution talk to British-Iranian writer David Mattin about leaving their homeland and family behind to make a new life in Britain.

David meets middle-class Iranians for whom a new life in the UK often meant limited job prospects, financial insecurity, and a sudden loss of social status.

One, a successful builder, left his wife and daughter in Tehran and ended up in Manchester.

Lonely and with little English, he had to work nights, selling pizza and kebabs.

For middle-class Iranians, a new life in the UK often meant a sudden loss of social status

04Sister, Guard Your Veil2009011520090602

Exiles from the Iranian revolution talk to British-Iranian writer David Mattin about leaving their homeland and family behind to make a new life in Britain.

David hears how women's lives changed dramatically under the Ayatollah's regime and why, with modifications to family law and enforced adoption of the hijab in public, some women felt they had to leave.

That included a bookish young girl who had been educated abroad and found herself on trial when she applied for a job at the university.

How women's lives changed under the new regime and why some women felt they had to leave.

Including bookish young girl who had been educated abroad and found herself on trial when she applied for a job at the university.

05 LASTChildren Of The Revolution20090116

Exiles from the Iranian revolution talk to British-Iranian writer David Mattin about leaving their homeland and family behind to make a new life in Britain.

David discovers how a generation that has grown up both British and Iranian has coped with its dual identity.

Including an interview with the son of a political satirist who was unable to return to Iran.

He recalls a time when Scotland Yard warned his father that he was a target for assassination and regrets the rifts that the revolution caused among the Iranian community in Britain.

How a generation that has grown up both British and Iranian approaches its identity.