The X-Files revival UK airdate has finally been announced

Mulder and Scully will return sooner than you think

Following Sunday night's US premiere of The X-Files revival, a difficult week for die-hard fans based in the UK has followed, uncertain as to when the episode will be showing on British soil.

It's time to rest easy because Channel 5 have finally announced an airdate - and you don't have too long to wait: episode one will be shown at 9pm on Monday 8 February.

Series creator Chris Carter has teased how the relationship between FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) is "on the rocks" when we catch up with them for the first time since 2008 film I Want To Believe.

The premiere episode of the limited series - which will run for six episodes - received widespread negative reviews from critics, with The Hollywood Reporter hailing it "messy," "tedious" and "limp." The fans' reaction, on the other hand, was less lukewarm with many praising the episode on social media.

Critics did note, however, that the following two episodes are a vast improvement with The Guardian even claiming that episode three "is one of the best The X-Files has ever done."

Just what UK audiences think will be discerned when The X-Files airs from Monday 8 February on Channel 5.