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Channel 4 have commissioned a second series and Christmas special of The Piano following its huge ratings success with its first series earlier this year, becoming Channel 4's highest-rating original format since 2017.

The Piano celebrates the nation’s favourite instrument by inviting talented amateur pianists to play on public pianos in London St Pancras, Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham train stations, sharing their stories and music with the great British public.

The second series will once again be hosted by Claudia Winkleman with judges classical pianist Lang Lang and pop superstar Mika returning. The second series will see an increased episode count of seven episodes, plus the one-off festive special.

Channel 4's Chief Content Officer Ian Katz said: "In a world full of wannabes seeking their moment in the limelight, The Piano was a breath of fresh air. It celebrated ordinary people doing something extraordinary for the sheer love of it. From 94-year-old widower George who played in Glasgow station to Lucy, the blind 13-year-old who stole the nation’s hearts."

The 1x60' Christmas special will see series one favourites return to perform carols and festive classics from London's King Cross station.

From nonagenarians who have been playing for eighty years to twelve-year-olds who have never played in pubic before, commuters in train stations across the country will be stopped in their tracks as heartfelt, emotional and uplifting performances take place.

The Piano is available now on Channel 4 online.

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