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Friday, June 19, 1998 Published at 07:18 GMT 08:18 UK


X-Files: The film is out there

About all that anyone knows for sure is that these two are in the film

British fans of cult television series The X-Files could end up more confused than demystified after the American release of the latest movie.

The X Files: Fight the Future - which follows on from the end of the fifth series of the show - is being released in the UK at the end of August.

But the majority of the show's British fans, who watch the programme on BBC ONE, will not start seeing the fifth series until the same time that the film is released. Only those with access to satellite or cable television will see the series sooner.

[ image: Spooky goings-on from earlier in the series]
Spooky goings-on from earlier in the series
Stephen Earl, the webmaster of an unofficial X-files fan site (, says that British fans without cable are going to be upset.

"I think the X-Files movie may spoil it for X-Files terrestrial viewers," he said.

"So as far as I am aware the viewing of the series 5 conclusion is pretty key to following the movie and getting the most out of it."

He also predicted 'heavy annoyance' in the UK as North Americans start to discuss details of the movie's plot once they've seen it, which could spoil it for everyone else.

The film centres on Agent Mulder, an oddball FBI agent played by David Duchovny who is convinced his younger sister was abducted by aliens and has made it his life's work to prove the existence of extraterrestrials.

Mulder is joined in his quest by the beautiful Agent Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, who is an FBI agent by profession and a medical doctor by education. When the series debuted, Scully was partnered with Mulder to be his critic because she believes strongly that all phenomena can be explained by science.

As the series has evolved over the years, however, Scully has grown to believe, as Mulder does, that a vast government conspiracy exists to guard against the public learning that aliens do visit and live on this planet.

A BSkyB spokeswoman confirmed that the movie continues where the series ends. She said that although knowledge of Series 5 would help film viewers, the film's creators, "would be mad if they made a movie that only X-Files fans could enjoy".

Prior to the film's release in the US on Friday speculation about the plot was raging. The chief concern of X-Files fans seemed to be whether Mulder and Scully kiss (or more). The consensus? They do not. Synopses of the plot are likely to soon be widely available across the Net.

But British cinema-goers will have to wait until August 21 to see what happens on the silver screen for themselves.

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