The X-Files Season 11 will finally return to UK TV screens this February, Channel 5 has confirmed.
The classic sci-fi series was revived back in 2016, with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprising their roles of paranormal FBI investigators Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. That revival, which aired on Channel 5 in the UK, was a hit for FOX. In the US, it drew an average Multi-Platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was the season’s No. 2 broadcast drama. It also was the season’s most talked-about event series on Twitter. In the UK, meanwhile, the programme’s return also sparked a bidding war for the series’ archive, with Amazon Prime Video snapping up the rights to the whole of the show’s past seasons.
Now, FOX has another 10 episodes of The X-Files ready for fans. They are once again executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with Duchovny and Anderson back in their iconic roles. And, while the show premiered in the US a few weeks ago, Channel 5 has finally confirmed the UK air date for the show’s 11th season: The X-Files will return on Monday 5th February, with new episodes airing every week.
The only sad news? It will likely be the last time we see Gillian Anderson in Scully’s shoes, after she revealed this month that she would not do any further episodes – a decision that was announced around the same time that she said she would be exiting American Gods too.
“It felt like we were finding our way with it,” she said in an interview. “Part of my decision to come at it again one more time was to have an opportunity to do that. And certainly there’s more of an opportunity with 10 than there was with six, just because of the nature of the show and that it is so many different things, there are so many different worlds that we live in, and aspects of these characters that we get to play, and types of episodes that we do. So to have an opportunity to explore that full range through a larger arc was interesting, and with the hope and the understanding that that perhaps will create a better conclusion for ourselves and for the fans.”
Never seen The X-Files? Catch up with our first-timer’s guide to the show or our reviews of 2016’s revival. Counting the days until you can stop dodging spoilers? Rest assured that this will be a spoiler-free zone: unlike some UK publications, we’ll be reviewing The X-Files in line with its British broadcast. Tune in soon for our spoiler-free review of the opening episode – or read on for the official trailer for the show’s return:
The X-Files is coming back… again
21st April 2017
The X-Files is coming back again for another mini-series, FOX has announced.
The classic sci-fi series was revived last year, with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprising their roles of paranormal FBI investigators Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. That revival, which aired on Channel 5 in the UK, was a hit for FOX. In the US, it drew an average Multi-Platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last season’s No. 2 broadcast drama. It also was the season’s most talked-about event series on Twitter. In the UK, meanwhile, the programme’s return also sparked a bidding war for the series’ archive, with Amazon Prime Video snapping up the rights to the whole of the show’s past seasons.
Now, FOX has ordered another 10 episodes of The X-Files. They will once again be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with Duchovny and Anderson back in their iconic roles. The event series is set to air during the 2017-2018 season, with production to begin this summer.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter.”
Missed last year’s reboot? You can stream the whole thing on Amazon Prime Video – and read our reviews here.
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