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The definitive account of the prisoner who came president, Mark Austin travels to the key places in Nelson Mandela's fascinating life story: the compound where he grew up in the Transkei, Pretoria where he was sentenced to life imprisonment, Robben Island where he served the bulk of his sentence, Victor Verster Prison where he was eventually released in 1990, and back to Pretoria where he was inaugurated as South Africa's first president elected under universal suffrage in 1994.

The documentary also includes revealing interviews with former South African President F W de Klerk, former Foreign Secretary Pik Botha, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former British Cabinet Minister Peter Hain, Mandela's lawyer George Bizos, Ruth Mompati the secretary at his legal firm,Mandela and Tambo, who went on to serve as South Africa's Ambassador to Switzerland and Mac Maharaj, fellow prisoner on Robben Island.