Love Productions’  The Piano has been recommissioned for two further series along with a Christmas Special and documentary on the first series’ star, Lucy.

Claudia Winkleman will once again play host as she’s joined by classical pianist Lang Lang and Mika.

The new series of The Piano has been expanded from five episodes to seven. The Piano was Channel 4’s  best-rating new format since 2017 (Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds).

Additionally, Love Productions will be producing a  1 x 60 Christmas special which will see some of the favourite pianists from series one return to play festive numbers in front of commuters in London’s King’s Cross Station.

Also, Lucy’s outstanding talent will be explored further in a one-off documentary which will follow her and her piano teacher, Daniel. The 1×70 commission will delve further into Lucy’s connection to the world around her and how she communicates through music.

Ian Katz, Channel 4, Chief Creative Officer 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 the 94-year-old widower who played in Glasgow station to find company to Lucy, the remarkable 13-year-old who stole the ‘nations hearts’.  It took viewers on a remarkable emotional roller coaster and I’m delighted that it will be coming back from more British stations, next year.”

Richard McKerrow, Creator’ and Executive Producer, Love Productions said: “It always felt somewhat of a creative leap so we were particularly thrilled with the success of The Piano on Channel 4.  Most especially the warm response from everyone who watched.  We’re extremely excited to be embarking on further series with the wonderful Claudia Winkleman at the helm along with Mika and Lang Lang and the opportunity to unearth a whole new range of unknown amateur pianists from across the country and to hear what music they want to play in public.”

The Piano was commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Specialist Factual, Shaminder Nahal and Senior Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Madonna Benjamin. Executive Producer is Richard McKerrow and Series Editor is Ted Hill for Love Productions.

The Lucy documentary is directed by Poppy Goodheart and executive produced by Kira Phillips.

Jon Creamer

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