‘The X-Files’ to return for six-episode event series in January 2016

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully in the New Year

Fox has announced that The X-Files‘ eagerly-anticipated revival series will begin in January 2016.

The US network will air Episode One of the “event series” on Sunday, January 25, followed by Episode Two on Monday, January 26. The remaining episodes of the event series will air on Fox on subsequent Monday nights. At present, the “event series” has yet to be picked up by a UK broadcaster.

Fox confirmed in March that it is bringing back The X-Files for a six-episode “event series”. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with Chris Carter returning as executive producer. Mitch Pileggi confirmed last month (April) that he will be returning as FBI boss Walter Skinner.

Chris Carter spoke about the event series shortly after it was announced, promising fans that it will be “honest” to the show’s characters. Carter also revealed at the time that the event series has “no scripts yet” but insisted: “I know what I want to do, how I want it to lay out – the balance of mythology to stand-alone episodes.”

“The people that are going to be involved have been talking since the beginning of the year, so we have a clear idea of how this should be, or the best way we think this should be laid out,” Carter added.

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. Fox first revealed in January that it was having “conversations” about reviving the much-loved series.