New series of The X Files to air on Channel 5.

Channel 5 have won the rights to air the new series of The X-Files in the UK.

The network will broadcast the show, which reunites David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson after 13 years, early next year.

Director of Programmes at Channel 5 Ben Frow said “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".

“This acquisition underlines our ambition to deliver a diverse slate of brilliant, must-see programming on Channel 5.”

The deal also includes The X-Files Essential Collection, 20 episodes selected by the show’s creator Chris Carter, which will “take viewers through the gripping story of the original series”.  They're likely to be broadcast before the new run begins.

Channel 5's acquisition follows other major US series including The Bible and Gotham which also proved a hit for the channel.

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