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Lucy Worsley brings her usual quirky enthusiasm to this engaging two-part series showing how opera and history go hand in hand – and she gets to do some playful dressing up, too.

This first episode sees Lucy explore four operatic masterpieces and the cities whose turbulent politics fed into their composition.

So it’s off to Venice, ‘a pretty kinky place’, for Monteverdi’s decadent early-17th-century opera The Coronation of Poppea; Vienna for Mozart’s ‘shockingly radical’ The Marriage of Figaro and for Beethoven’s Fidelio with its stirring message of liberty, equality and brotherhood; and finally Milan, where Verdi’s Nabucco expressed Italian yearning for independence.

Showing at 10.30pm in Wales.