Dig out those shoulder pads and pop on a peplum: Dallas is back!

The show that changed the face of TV, the size of our hair, width of our shoulders, the way our young impressionable selves viewed older, rich men, and famously brought the whole nation to a standstill with the question “Who shot JR?” is back.

The new series of Dallas will star original cast members Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, alongside newbies Josh Henderson, star of teen soap 90210, as John Ross son of JR and Sue Ellen, and Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives as Christopher, son of Bobby and Pamela Ewing.

The first episode of ten, aired in the US last week and will be shown here on Channel 5 in September. US critics gave it mixed reviews, with some accusing it of “cashing in” on the original, and the actors of turning in “wooden” performances.

Isn’t that the whole point?

Personally I found Sue Ellen’s battles with JR and alcohol completely compelling and the soundtrack complete with split screen opening titles takes me right back to 1978, when I watched the very first episode at the tender age of 19.

My favourite ever line from JR to Sue Ellen, “you’re a drunk, a tramp and an unfit mother.”


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