Southfork fans can start celebrating with the news that Channel 5 will be bringing the new series of Dallas to free-to-air TV.
The ten-part series is billed as a continuation of the original soap, which ran for thirteen years and ended two decades ago in 1991. US network TNT, who are making the series, say it “takes the next generation of Ewings and continues the battle”.
The new series will maintain continuity by setting original characters and stars alongside newcomers including Desperate Housewives stars Jesse Metcalfe and Brenda Strong, and Josh Henderson, of rebooted teen soap 90210.
Larry Hagman returns as Dallas’s bitter patriarch JR Ewing, the oil baron whose (non-fatal) shooting 31 years ago had the whole of Britain (and much of the world) asking the question “Who shot JR?”
Patrick Duffy, who plays JR’s younger brother Bobby, and Linda Gray, his former wife Sue Ellen, are also back, the latter now a powerful business woman in her own right.
Meanwhile, Bobby and JR’s sons Christopher and John Ross will ensure the long-running feud between their fathers is carried on into the next generation.
Dallas is expected to air on Channel 5 late in 2012 – after showing in America during the summer – with the UK broadcaster hoping to emulate the success of its other US buy-ins such as the CSI franchise.