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Benvenuti in Sicilia! Anton Du Beke & Giovanni Pernice to star in new entertainment travel series

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton du Beke and Giovanni Pernice are leaving the ballroom behind and packing their passports as they head to the sun kissed island of Sicily in a brand new series from BBC Studios Entertainment, Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily.

Coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023, this brand new three part entertainment travel series will see Giovanni introducing his beloved home of Sicily to his friend and fellow dancer Anton Du Beke.

Giovanni will be Anton’s guide as the pair discover what the sensational Mediterranean island has to offer – exploring everything from breathtaking sights such as Mount Etna and authentic old towns right through to sampling Sicilian cuisine and perhaps even indulging in a tango or two.

With sun, sea, lots of laughs and plenty of surprises in store as well, Anton and Giovanni promise to give viewers a Mediterranean adventure to remember.

Anton Du Beke says: “When I first heard about this trip it was pretty irresistible. What’s not to love? It’s all my favourite things, great food, great country and spending time in the sunshine with Giovanni. Marvellous!”

Giovanni Pernice says: “To say this has been a dream project is an understatement! Taking Anton to my much-loved home of Sicily was simply Bellissima! We danced, we laughed, and had the time of our lives – with great culture, food and company. I cannot wait for viewers in the UK to come on this journey with us. See you in the Sicilian sun! Ciao, x.”

Mel Balac, Creative Director at BBC Studios says: “Viewers will get to see Anton and Gio in a completely different light as we follow them on their road trip across Sicily. Alongside seeing the boys enjoy and experience everything that Sicily has to offer, viewers will also see their amazing friendship grow as they learn new things about one another… including some things that they would probably rather not let anyone know!”

Jo Wallace, Senior Commissioning Editor says: “I am sure that this fun packed adventure showcasing all Sicily has to offer will certainly prove that our dancing duo of Anton and Giovanni are a match made in the Med!”

Broadcast details will be announced in due course.

Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily (3 x 60) is a BBC Studios Entertainment production for the BBC and was commissioned by Kate Phillips in her capacity as Director of Entertainment. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Kelly Lynn and Mel Balac, the Series Producer is Samuel Simon and the Director is Dionne Bromfield. The Senior Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Jo Wallace.

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