The X-Files returns in January 2016

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The X Files is a television programme which has been in the hearts and minds of fans for many years. Originally hitting screens in 1993, the show garnered great critical acclaim and lasted a then-record-breaking nine seasons before it officially ended in 2002. However, many fans predicted correctly that this would not be the last time we saw the duo of Mulder and Scully on our screens – and indeed they were right.

Fox, who broadcast The X-Files, have announced that the series will return to TV on 24 January 2016, for a six episode ‘event series’. The next episode will air the day after, with the remaining four coming out on a weekly basis after that. The series will see the return of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully as they investigate the supernatural and paranormal once more.

Following a mixed reception to 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe, many fans had begun to abandon hope that the duo would return to the small screen in the roles that arguably made them household names. However, earlier this year Fox confirmed it had commissioned a new series with the main two actors returning to their respective roles. The news was followed up last month when William B. Davis and Mitch Pileggi confirmed they would be returning to their roles of The Smoking Man and FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner.

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Chris Carter who has been with The X-Files since it started commented:

‘I think of it as a 13-year commercial break … The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.’

Currently, it is unknown if the dates released are purely for US audiences or if they apply to UK viewers as well. Following the decision by HBO to simulcast shows such as Game of Thrones, it is entirely possible that a show like this could be broadcast globally to avoid spoilers ruining the fun of fans worldwide.