Stars of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays will lead a parade through their native Manchester, England this Easter as part of a BBC celebration of the religious festival.

Ian Brown and BEZ will take part in the live pop-opera procession, dubbed Manchester Passion, and both will play characters from the bible.

Happy Mondays dancer Bez is tipped to play a disciple.

The pop-opera will be broadcast on Good Friday (14APR06) and feature music from other Manchester acts including Oasis, THE Buzzcocks and The Smiths.