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Who Shot JR?

It all began when the producers of the two-year-old Dallas devised a cliff-hanger ending to their popular super soap.

“Who shot J R Ewing?” was a question kept hot for six months by newspapers and bookies who gave odds on the guilt of the six or more possible suspects.

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At the time, the audience for the ‘Who Shot JR?’ episode on 21 November 1980 – in which the shooter was revealed – was the largest in television history.

Around 76% of everybody watching TV saw it!

The producers filmed several alternative solutions, so not even the cast knew the real answer to the question – It was Sue-Ellen’s sister, Kristin (played by Bing Crosby’s daughter, Mary) for the record.

The culprit was even named as a main item on the BBC’s Nine O’clock News.

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