The only unconvincing part about tonight's movie, Rain Without Thunder (World, 12.40am) is the time in which it is set: 2042. Will it really take that long for certain parts of the so-called free world to decide that not only is abortion murder, but that any woman who has one is a murderess? Because that is what this story is about, cleverly told in documentary. Ali Thomas plays a young woman who is sent to jail under the New York State Unborn Child Kidnapping Act when she terminates her pregnancy. Betty Buckley stars as her mother, charged as an accessory for helping her. It isn't so far-fetched. Last year, an American woman was charged with abusing her child when she continued to drink heavily throughout her pregnancy. Anyone who has ever been pregnant can confirm that the bump seems to act as a magnet for unsolicited advice. For some bigots, and the politicians who want to impress them, there is only a small step from kindly meant chat, to pushing for legal ways to ensure that every pregnant woman stays that way no matter who she is, or how she got there. Government plots to control the public have been a staple of The X-Files, which returns next Tuesday at 8.30pm. In the meantime, we have an extremely professional one-hour trailer in the form of Inside the X-Files (Pearl, 8.30pm). In The X-Files, of course, the complex issues of human reproduction have been given an extra twist: poor Scully was forced to have a baby without ever being pregnant when the bad guys stole her eggs. Mulder is still unable to work out if the Cigarette-Smoking Man is his father, or the father of his missing sister, or just a man his mother slept with. This programme includes some very enjoyable interviews with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, both of whom come across as at least as bright as Scully and Mulder, and with a rather better developed sense of humour. There is also a welcome chance to hear the other, less famous regulars discuss the characters they play. William B. Davis, who plays the Cigarette-Smoking Man, is no fool either, and he has a rather interesting theory that CSM, as X-philes know him, is the true hero of the show. Mulder, he points out, just goes around crashing into the bad guys and shooting guns all over the place. Creator and executive producer Chris Carter is also on camera, explaining how he keeps up with the armies of X-philes. These die-hard fans remember every detail. As Duchovny says ruefully at one point, 'they probably know more about this series than I do.' There are no direct clues to the cliff-hanger that ended the last series: Scully identifying a body as the corpse of Mulder. But anything overt would not be The X-Files' style. Instead, we can all take comfort in the fact that Duchovny was certainly not talking like a has-been reminiscing about his greatest role: for him, Mulder is still very much alive.