‘The X-Files’ 2016 revival series will air on Channel 5 in the UK

Channel 5 has landed the UK rights to the eagerly-anticipated six-part series

Next year’s The X-Files revival series will air on Channel 5 in the UK.

In addition to the six-episode event series, Channel 5 has acquired the rights to the show’s so-called “Essential Collection”, which features 20 episodes selected by creator Chris Carter which are designed to “take viewers through the gripping story of the original series”.

“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,” Channel 5’s Ben Frow said in a press release. “This acquisition underlines our ambition to deliver a diverse slate of brilliant, must-see programming on Channel 5.”

The six-episode event series premieres on Fox in the US on January 25. Channel 5 has yet to confirm when it will begin in the UK. A recent press screening of the first episode apparently drew “whoops and cheers” from the audience.

Joining David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the event series 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.

The cult sci-fi show originally aired on Fox for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002 and also spawned a pair of spin-off films, released in 1998 and 2008. Watch a trailer for the 2016 event series below.