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"No one knows what's going on in someone else's mind and life would be intolerable if we did," murmurs Paul to his wife soothingly. Paul knows what he's talking about. He's a therapist and bereavement counsellor and, apparently, a loving father, currently a little preoccupied, like his wife, by his daughter's recurrent nightmares. In fact, the two of them are in her bed, the little girl having been resettled in the parental room after waking up screaming.

Agent Scully. Power over sex, death and men

Fox television executives wanted a bimbo for their 'X Files' pathologis t. Instead, they got sceptical, chaste Gillian Anderson. She trashed some werewolves and promptly became a cult Nineties heroine. What went right?

The fans are out there

Gillian Anderson, one of the stars of the popular television series 'The X-Files', poses in front of a poster of her TV character, Dana Scully, at a public appearance in a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia. Two people

X-Files: Readers reply

Last week, we asked for your verdict on the X-Files. Here are some of your replies ...

Do we need The X Files?

The TV phenomenon about strange phenomena has taken international hold of paranoid minds. It could be a conspiracy. John Lyttle asks ...

Pop: Various Artists Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by `The X Files' Warner Bros 9362-46079-2

With its stylish take on paranoid conspiracy, the TV series The X Files reflects the pervasive contemporary unease in a manner strikingly equivalent to that of The Prisoner a quarter of a century ago - but, being American, on a larger (and better marketed) scale. Not that its appeal is confined to the US; in the UK, X-Files videos are currently out-renting all-comers, and Mark Snow's enigmatic theme tune sits high in the singles chart. Something is out there, and who knows? It may be the truth.

X-FILES SCREENING & VIDEO OFFER

A "covert" 24-hour screening of all the episodes from Season 1 of The X-Files is being held this Saturday at a private screening in London. Staged in conjunction with Virgin Megastores, the event is timed to coincide with the release of Tooms (on 25 Mar, pounds 13.99,) a full-length movie edition of the cult TV series.

LETTER ; An effective service

From Ms Jenny Lamb, JP, and others

The Generation X files

TV has embraced the paranormal - harmless fun or the end of civilisatio n as we know it? By Mark Simpson

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