Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily — air date, what happens, where they go, first look and all about the Strictly stars and their sun-soaked adventure

Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily on BBC1 sees the Strictly stars travelling together.
Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily on BBC1 sees the Strictly stars travelling together. (Image credit: BBC)

Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily on BBC1 sees Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton du Beke and Giovanni Pernice turning their backs on ballroom for a while to explore the sun-kissed island of Sicily.

In their brand new travel series Strictly pro Giovanni takes his friend and now Strictly judge Anton around his native island, checking out everything from the famous volcano of Mount Etna to tiny old towns off the beaten track. The lucky pair will also sample Sicily’s delicious cuisine and indulge in the odd tango or two.

 “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,’ says Giovanni.

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

Here’s everything you need to know about Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily on BBC1…

Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily – release date

Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily is a three-part series will air on BBC1 and BBC iPlayer in 2023. There’s no confirmed date yet but we’ll update you on here as soon as we hear anything. 

What happens in Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily — locations and sights

Prepare for sun, sea and plenty of surprises as Anton du Beke and Giovanni Pernice head to Sicily to see the best of the Mediterranean island. On their road trip they will take in the sights, enjoy the food and share lots of laughs along the way. We've loved watching Sicily as the setting for White Lotus season 2, and can't wait to find out more.

The pair will be exploring Syracuse, Catania, Mount Etna, Taormina and Gino's home city of Palermo where Gio will introduce his family to Anton. Along the way the pair will be joined by Giovanni's Strictly-winning partner and former EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis.

* When we learn even more about the locations and sights that Giovanni and Anton will visit we will definitely be updating here so do check back.

Rose Ayling-Ellis dancing the Samba with Giovanni in Strictly.

Rose Ayling-Ellis dancing the Samba with Giovanni in Strictly.  (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

More about Anton du Beke 

Ballroom dancer Anton du Beke was one of the professionals on Strictly Come Dancing from its very first show before becoming a judge on the show. He partnered celebrities such as Patsy Palmer, Judy Murray and Kate Garroway. Anton was also a team captain and later the host of the programme Hole in the Wall. He’s also presented Step Up to the Plate, This Morning and had a cameo on the soap Doctors

Anton Du Beke posing as he attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2022.

Anton Du Beke takes a trip around Sicily with his good friend Giovanni. (Image credit: Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images)

More about Giovanni Pernice 

Giovanni has been a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing since 2015 and has partnered Georgia May Foote and Laura Whitmore amongst others. Last year he won the show with Rose Ayling-Ellis. He’s also appeared on Pointless Celebrities, Lorraine, Children and Need, Comedy Game Night and This Morning.  

Giovanni Pernice.

Giovanni Pernice will be showing off his Sicilian homeland to his great friend Anton. (Image credit: BBC)

Is there a trailer for Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily?

There's no trailer for Anton and Giovanni: Adventures In Sicily just yet, but if the BBC releases one we’ll post it on this page. 

Nicholas Cannon
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I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.