John Barrowman has been signed up by Channel 5
to front a cheeky behind the scenes look at the revival of Dallas, scheduled to hit UK screens (via Channel 5) later in the year.
John Barrowman’s Dallas
is a 2 x 30 min production and will air in the Autumn as a curtain raiser for the new 10 part series. Part 1 is entitled Dreaming of Bobby and Part 2, Shooting JR.
According to Channel 5, Barrowman will seek out Dallas regulars, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray as well as introduce audiences to the new leads: Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Julie Gonzalo and Jordana Brewster. The two docs will also see Barrowman attempt to pass muster as a real Dallas cowboy with the help of Linda Gray as they invade JR’s wardrobe on set to give John the true Dallas look.
“I spent many Friday nights as a teenager in front of my TV hanging out with the Ewing clan,” says Barrowman, best known for Torchwood. “When I heard that a new series was being filmed, I knew I had to be part of it. So, when Channel 5 approached me to present this documentary, I packed my stetson and was on the first plane to Dallas.”
Greg Barnett, Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Daytime & Soaps added, “Like John, I was a big fan of the original series. John’s journey across Southfork will offer existing fans and those who have never seen it the perfect insight into what is going to be one of the most exciting American series on UK screens this Autumn.”
John Barrowman’s Dallas is a Channel 5 in-house production and the Executive Producer is Paul Crompton. The new series of Dallas will air this Autumn on Channel 5 and centres on the power struggle within the Texas oil and cattle-ranching Ewing dynasty. The original Dallas aired from 1978 to 1991 and revolved around a long and bitter rivalry between brothers J.R. (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy). In the new Dallas, this rivalry lives on through another generation, with the future of the family fortune in the hands of the Ewing offspring.