Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast film set a new Irish record for box office sales, taking in over two million Euros in Ireland in its first weekend alone.

It’s the much-loved story of how real beauty is found on the inside… or is it?

On The History Show with Myles Dungan we discover that the original Beauty and the Beast was a French fairytale written in 1740 by a female author, and it offers a fascinating insight into gender in the 18th Century.

Myles talks to Derval Conroy, lecturer in UCD’s School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics who explains the background to the story.

To listen back to the full interview from the History Show, click above.