Show re­turns to put the X fac­tor back into TV

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

It could be a case for Mulder and Scully – what­ever hap­pened to the top-rated scifi se­ries and its char­ac­ters when it went off air for 14 years? Thank­fully, we’re about to find out be­cause The X-Files (Mon­day, Chan­nel 5, 9pm) is back. Even the most die-hard of fans never thought they’d get to see their he­roes in ac­tion again, and have been al­most be­side them­selves with glee at the prospect since the re­boot was an­nounced. Both David Du­chovny and Gil­lian An­der­son have agreed to reprise their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully – it just wouldn’t have been the same with­out them. Both stars have en­joyed suc­cess in var­i­ous projects fol­low­ing the end of the orig­i­nal se­ries, with An­der­son par­tic­u­larly fa­mil­iar to UK view­ers thanks to her ap­pear­ance on TV in the likes of The Fall, Great Ex­pec­ta­tions, The Crim­son Pe­tal and the White, and the re­cent adap­ta­tion of War and Peace. They will be joined by var­i­ous other orig­i­nal run alumni, in­clud­ing Mitch Pi­leggi as the FBI’s as­sis­tance di­rec­tor Wal­ter Skin­ner, and Wil­liam B Davis, who plays the enig­matic Smok­ing Man. What sur­prised many is that Chan­nel 5 out­bid other broad­cast­ers to grab the right to show the six-part run. “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,” said 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.” So far, feed­back has been very good. Okay, so some crit­ics have been un­kind, but fans – and they are the ones who are im­por­tant here – have given it an over­whelm­ing thumbs-up. What’s more, the first episode fea­tures a re­cap that will be in­valu­able to ca­sual view­ers, or those who didn’t watch the orig­i­nal run or ei­ther of its spinoff movies. Af­ter that, it’s the mon­ster-of-the-week ap­proach that takes cen­tre stage as Mulder and Scully get to grips with more in­trigue and con­spir­acy. When we meet them again, the duo have been liv­ing sep­a­rate lives for years – she at a med­i­cal prac­tice, him plough­ing his own fur­row. They are brought back to­gether by a ca­ble TV host who wants them to help him ex­pose a sin­is­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion he be­lieves has the power to con­trol the Amer­i­can pub­lic.

Dy­namic duo Gil­lian An­der­son and David Du­chovny star

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