Channel 5 confirms when ‘The X-Files’ miniseries will begin in UK

Six-episode revival series began on Fox in the US on Sunday (January 24)

Channel 5 has announced that The X-Files miniseries will begin in the UK at 9pm on February 8.

The six-episode revival series premiered on Fox in the US on Sunday evening (January 24) with episode two following on Monday evening (January 25). Subsequent episodes will air on Fox weekly over the next four Monday evenings.

Joining David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the miniseries are Mitch Pileggi, who is reprising his role as FBI boss Walter Skinner, and William B. Davis, who is returning as Mulder and Scully’s nemesis ‘The Smoking Man’. Fan favourites The Lone Gunmen are confirmed to be returning too.

Meanwhile, Community‘s Joel McHale has been cast as a conservative web TV news anchor and Flight Of The Conchords‘ Rhys Darby will play a man suspected by Mulder to be the perpetrator of a series of animal attacks. Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose and The Flash actor Robbie Amell will also make guest appearances.

Duchovny recently told NME that the miniseries “doesn’t reflect upon what’s already been done”, saying: “We’re all better at what we do now. We may not look as good but Chris [Carter] is a better writer-director, Gillian’s a better actress and I’m a better actor. It’s not just an exercise in nostalgia.”

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