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Giovanni Pernice and Anton du Beke pay a visit to Giovanni’s home town in Sicily for their new BBC travel series. During the programme, Giovanni will share an insight into both his personal and family life as he takes Anton to where he grew up and where he started dancing.

Speaking to and other press about the series, Giovanni and Anton discussed what fans can expect.

Giovanni admitted fans will see a more vulnerable side to him as he opens up on wanting children one day.

In one clip from the BBC series, the professional dancer could be seen shedding a tear when having a heart-to-heart with Anton and when his family met Anton for the first time.

Speaking about an emotional chat around a fire, Giovanni shared: “We get to open up and talk about, well in my case, what I want from the future and Anton asked, ‘Do you want to be a dad one day?’ and it was really the first time I ever opened up about it.

“I haven’t even talked to my own dad about it. When I saw for the first time my dad meeting Anton du Beke, my dad is the biggest fan of Anton du Beke.

“When I saw the friend I admire and my dad being together it was beautiful.”

“Very happy to shed tears of joy,” he added.

Giovanni also paid a sweet tribute to his co-star, describing him as “family”.

“Anton has always been the person I look [up to],” The Strictly winner explained.

“Since I started Strictly Come Dancing, we ended up good friends and then we did our show together for two years and this is our third, so we know each other very well.

“And I already classified Anton as a friend, so it was nice to share this experience with a friend.”

Referencing the moment Anton met his family, Giovanni continued: “It was nice watching as an outsider when you met my family.

“Anton has always been my family away from home, so combining my real family and my family away from home which is Anton, it was beautiful.

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“It was a moment in my life I felt proud of myself and happy. That’s how I felt when I saw my dad and Anton hugging, it was a special moment.”

During their show, Adventures in Sicily, Anton and Giovanni take part in several challenges.

They went octopus fishing, ballroom dancing and paddle-boarding.

But, it’s safe to say, that there were some hilarious and “uncomfortable” moments along the way.

Anton and Giovanni: Adventures in Sicily begins on March 21 on BBC One.

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