Strictly’s Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice share first-look at new Adventures in Sicily series

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26 Oct 2022, 08:29

L-R: Giovanni Pernice and Anton Du Beke.

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Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice are used to hitting the dance floor, but now they’re hitting the road for a new BBC travel show.

Set to land next year, Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily will see professional dancer Giovanni introduce Strictly judge Anton, 56, to his homeland.

In the three-part series, Giovanni will be Anton's guide as the pair look at what the Mediterranean island has to offer. They will explore sights such as Mount Etna and authentic old towns, and will sample Sicilian cuisine, as well as “perhaps even indulging in a tango or two.”

Speaking about the upcoming show, Anton said in a statement: “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 added: “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!”

Mel Balac, Creative Director at BBC Studios explained that viewers will get to see the two Strictly stars “in a completely different light.” 

She added: “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!”

The BBC has shared a first-look image of the pair. Check it out below:

Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice on a boat in a harbour.

Credit: BBC

Anton has been part of Strictly since the show started in 2004, firstly as a pro dancer and then, more recently, as a full-time judge in 2021. He recently won Best Judge at last week's NTAs.

Giovanni, who joined the show in 2015, won the 19th series last year, alongside EastEnders actor Rose Ayling-Ellis. 

Anton and Giovanni recently toured their spectacular Him & Me! show around the UK together. 

Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily is set to land in 2023. Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday.