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BBC Commissions Original Scripted Motown Musical Drama Series

BBC Commissions Original Scripted Motown Musical Drama Series

BBC One has ordered a contemporary musical series titled “Stop! In the Name of Love,” that will tell the interwoven stories of “six smart, thirty-something women” and will incorporate the iconic sounds of Motown. Specifically, songs from the record label will be woven into the plot, with characters singing at key moments within the spoken narrative.

Executive producer Duncan Kenworthy said: “I’m hugely excited about this opportunity to integrate some of the coolest songs ever written into a big, bold, diverse drama about contemporary love lives, and delighted that the BBC has commissioned it. Some music is so famous that it’s already woven into our lives. ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’ will use Motown’s unforgettable tunes and powerful lyrics to help express the emotional complications—the heart and the heartbreak—of the new world we’re living in… The musical arrangements and cutting edge choreography will give us a uniquely modern take on a genre of music that is truly timeless.”

The 4-part series (each will be an hour long, for a total of 4 hours), which has been in development for almost 2 years, is written by Tony Jordan and co-produced by Red Planet Pictures, following a deal with EMI Music Publishing.

No word yet on specific storylines, casting, nor when we can expect the series to debut.

“Stop In The Name of Love” was of course a 1965 hit for The Supremes.

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