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Channel 5 reopens The X-Files in UK

Channel 5 has won the UK rights for the new six-part series of The X-Files which it will broadcast early in 2016.

The resurrected TV series will see most of the original cast, including Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, return some 14 years after Season Nine aired.

“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,” commented Ben Frow, Director of Programmes at Channel 5. “This acquisition underlines our ambition to deliver a diverse slate of brilliant, must-see programming on Channel 5.”

The deal also includes the broadcast right to The X-Files Essential Collection, 20 episodes selected by the show’s creator Chris Carter, which vows to “take viewers through the gripping story of the original series”.

“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,” added Steve Cornish, of 20th Century Fox Distribution.

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