TV - The X-Files comes to Channel 5


Channel 5 confirms it will premiere the new series of The X-Files...

Channel 5 has now confirmed the acquisition of The X-Files, which returns as a thrilling, special six-episode series event in early 2016. The X-Files will be executive produced by series creator Chris Carter, with original cast David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

The event series marks the momentous return of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama, thirteen years after the original run. The X-Files remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

The series has been acquired from 20th Century Fox Television Distribution and will air early in 2016. The deal also includes THE X-FILES ESSENTIAL COLLECTION, 20 episodes - specially selected by series creator Chris Carter - taking viewers through the gripping story of the original series.

Ben Frow, Director of Programmes for Channel 5 said: “Securing the UK premiere of the hugely anticipated return of The X-Files is a major coup for the channel and will create one of the television events of 2016. This acquisition underlines our ambition to deliver a diverse slate of brilliant, must-see programming on Channel 5.”

Steve Cornish of Twentieth Century Fox Distribution commented: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Channel 5 as we bring the next chapter of one of our most celebrated series to fans around the world.”

The X-Files originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – "X-Files" – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.

Other returning characters include Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis, playing Walter Skinner and The Smoking Man respectively.  Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, The X-Files is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter.

The series will air early in 2016 on Channel 5, which means along with shows like Gotham returning on 11th, Channel 5 is looking like the place to be this January.

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