The X-Files to Return to Channel 5


The new ten-episode installment of The X-Files will air on Channel 5 in the U.K. in 2018, following a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

The first installment of the rebooted series in 2016 was the most popular drama to ever air on the British network, delivering 10.1 million viewers over its six-week run, with 1.1 million viewing on the My5 on-demand platform.

“We’re thrilled to be back in partnership with Channel 5 on this next event series of one of the biggest brands in TV that made such an impact in 2016,” said David Smyth, senior VP and development, EMEA and managing director of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution U.K. “The return of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in Chris Carter’s The X-Files will truly be must-see TV!”

Katie Keenan, VP of acquisitions at Channel 5 and Viacom International Media Networks UK, added, “We’re thrilled to confirm the return of The X-Files on Channel 5 in 2018. The last series was a huge success with a legion of new fans enjoying this iconic and contemporized series.”