Classic 80s soap Dallas is set to return to screens after US network TNT gave the go-ahead for an updated version of the show.

The new show will focus on the rivalry between the Ewing family offspring, but will also see original cast members Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy reprise their roles.

Ten episodes of the new show will be made as well as a pilot which was given the green light earlier this year.

“TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of Dallas for several years, but it wasn’t until we read the outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series,” said channel spokesman Michael Wright.

“It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast. We couldn’t be more pleased with how Dallas has come together.”

The updated show will focus mainly on John Ross – the son of the soap’s original villain JR Ewing (Hagman) – and Christopher Ewing, son of Bobby (Duffy).

Actor Josh Henderson will star as John Ross while Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe will play Christopher.

Another Desperate Housewives star, Brenda Strong, and actress Jordana Brewster have also been cast.

The original Dallas ran from 1978-1991 and was one of the most popular shows of the 80s.

It is best remembered for such classic plotlines as the Who Shot JR? cliffhanger and for killing off Bobby Ewing, only to bring him back the following year and claim his death was actually a dream.