Jason Manford will host on January 24 an arena show featuring some of the biggest West End musicals as part of a BBC One special.

Big Night Of Musicals at the AO Arena in Manchester will feature performances from the casts of Frozen, The Lion King, Back To The Future, The Drifters and Dear Evan Hansen.

There will also be performances from touring shows including Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock, Bat Out Of Hell and Dreamgirls – plus a Disney medley from the cast of Beauty And The Beast.

The 90-minute show will air on BBC One on January 29, with a radio version broadcast on BBC Radio 2 the following day.

Kate Phillips, director of entertainment at the BBC, said: “We are delighted to bring a great night of contemporary musicals that the entire family can enjoy into viewers homes, showcasing the world class talent that British theatre is known for.”

Head of Radio 2 Helen Thomas said: “Following Radio 2’s award-winning Musicals: The Greatest Show which was also broadcast on BBC One in February 2021, I’m thrilled to be delighting our musical-loving listeners once again with this fantastic new show – just what we need to lift our spirits during a cold January.