UK TV producers have agreed a deal with EMI Music to use Motown anthems in a new 10-part romantic drama, Stop! In The Name Of Love. 

It’s the first time the iconic Motown hits have been used so extensively in a series. The drama will use the classics to illustrate the storyline of four thirty-something women searching for love and friendship. 

Stop! In The Name Of Love creator Tony Jordan (Hustle, Life on Mars) said: “Stop! is an exciting new project, offering something very different from any other show on television… The music of Motown is iconic, perfectly encapsulating the ecstasy and heartbreak of love and providing a powerful punch that dialogue alone sometimes just can’t reach. The musical arrangements and cutting edge choreography will give us a uniquely modern take on a genre of music that is truly timeless.”

Producers hope Stop! In The Name Of Love will introduce a new way of storytelling to the world of TV – using characters singing the hits and spoken narrative – and will draw comparisons with Mamma Mia, Bridesmaids and Sex & The City.

Stop! In The Name Of Love will be written by Jordan, produced by Duncan Kenworthy (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Peter Smith, and former chairman of Universal Music UK, John Kennedy, who signed the deal to use the Motown hits with EMI Music Publishing. 

The producers are talking to various broadcasters with a view to screening Stop!