‘Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean’, airing on BBC Two at 9pm from the 31st January 2017
Beginnings to the Arab Conquest – 31st January 2017
The Arabs to Sicily in the 21st Century – 7th February 2017
I will be live tweeting during the episodes, please join me using #Sicily!
This two part series will examine the history of Sicily as a cultural melting pot from the Neolithic period to the modern day and ask what it means to be Sicilian. From treading grapes in an ancient wine press, scrambling across a 20ft Lava wall on mount Etna, reciting Shakespeare in an ancient Greek theatre, excavating child bones from a possible human sacrifice, salt mining old-fashioned style, having a cut throat shave from an 80 year local barber, trying my hand at Sicilian martial art of stick-fighting, making puppets and chocolate and exploring the underground Arab aqueducts of Palermo, we travel across the length and breadth of this extraordinary island.
To read more in depth about the project, please take of a read of the accompanying blog post.