News that the legendary David Lynch has disinterred his equally legendary TV series Twin Peaks sent fans into a frenzy of excitement and it's finally here...
It’s hard to get across just how strange, ground-breaking, thrilling and unique Twin Peaks was, when it aired from 1990 to 1991. Suffice to say, we’d never seen anything remotely like it before…and without Twin Peaks, in all likelihood we’d never have the current Golden Age of TV, with all its risk-taking, long-running storylines and cinema-quality production values.
As the countdown begins here’s ten little titbits of Twin Peaks trivia:
1. Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost has been working on an adaptation of Marilyn Monroe’s biography, but shifted to Twin Peaks when that fell through. Interestingly, in real life Marilyn had met future cast member Miguel Ferrer: she held him as a baby while visiting his mother, Rosemary Clooney (yes, George’s aunt). His father Jose worked with Lynch on sci-fi movie Dune in the 1980s.
2. The actors who played Benjamin Horne and Dr Jacoby – Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn respectively – had previously acted together as Tony and Riff in West Side Story, thirty years earlier.
3. In a hilarious act of spite, German network SAT1 told their audience the identity of Laura’s killer before the first episode aired on rival channel RTL. Ratings, needless to say, were not good.
4. The eerie way characters speak during the Black Lodge sequences were done by getting actors to recite their lines backwards. This audio was in turn played backwards, so the words came out in the right direction but sounded freakish and otherworldly.
4.The Big Bad of Twin Peaks – Bob, an evil spirit that inhabits human beings – only came about by chance, when Lynch accidentally captured set decorator Frank Silva on film, crouching in Laura’s room. The image stuck in his mind; a memorably creepy character was born.
5. The population of Twin Peaks, as seen on the famous sign in the opening credits, is 51,201. Originally it was only meant to be 5,120 – which makes more sense, as this is clearly a small place where everyone knows everyone else, not a large town. But ABC, fearful that a rural-set drama wouldn’t sell, insisted on producers changing the sign.
7. Zooey and Emily Deschanel’s mother Mary Jo plays wheelchair-bound Eileen Hayward in Twin Peaks. Their father Caleb directed three of the 30 episodes.
8. As well as a prequel movie – Fire Walk with Me – Twin Peaks inspired tie-in books: The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. The latter book was written by Lynch’s daughter Jennifer.
9. Our favourite theory about whodunit (before the real killer was revealed) involves Diane, Cooper’s secretary who we never hear or see but is a constant presence. Angry at him for leaving her in Philadelphia, she murdered Laura to give Cooper a case he’d never solve, thus stranding him in Twin Peaks forever.
10. Strangest Twin Peaks fact: it was ranked No 20 in TV Guide’s “Top 25 Cult Shows Ever” in 2004. Of course, it should have been No 1.
It's almost 25 years since Twin Peaks, the American drama series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch in 1990, was first broadcast. After 25 years of rumours, now, following a series of cryptic tweets and a YouTube teaser video, a revival of the series will be broadcast on Showtime in 2016, with both original creators working on the scripts and David Lynch directing all nine episodes.
After last year’s disappointing season 4 finale, which saw Det Moynihan (Brian F O’Byrne) sacrificing his best chance to nail Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) once and for all in order to save the ailing Tommy (Killian Scott), and ended with Nidge going batshit crazy in a cell, creator/writer Stuart Carolan countered criticism that it was an anti-climactic let-down by saying the episode was never intended to wrap up anything.