Michael Portillo travels to his native Spain to discover what the tourists of the Belle Epoque experienced on their travels through the fading Spanish empire.
In Madrid, he visits the scene of an assassination attempt at the royal wedding of a British princess and a Spanish king. In Cordoba, Michael dances with an unusual partner and enjoys all the fun of the feria. Then he travels further into Andalusia and arrives in Seville, the city he has made his Spanish home. In the city's tobacco factory, he learns about a gypsy girl named Carmen. After sipping sherry in Jerez, he traces Winston Churchill's tense diplomatic mission to Algeciras on Spain's Costa del Sol and finishes with tales of British espionage on the Rock of Gibraltar.