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10 Things You Didn't Know About... Twin Peaks
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10 Things You Didn't Know About... Twin Peaks

Nothing has ever defined a cult series like David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks. Though it only ran for two series in the early 1990s, it inspired a devoted fanbase and a generation of filmmakers with a mixture spooky, unnerving tone, brilliant writing and incredibly rich characters.

On the surface the story of an FBI Special Agent who is called in to investigate the strange demise of the prom queen in the small town of Twin Peaks, the series is so much more than that and needs to be seen in full to be truly understood.

More than 25 years after the original series aired, David Lynch brought us back to Twin Peaks in May this year with 18 new episodes featuring Agent Dale Cooper's return to the fictional Washington town, and with Twin Peaks: The Return arriving in stores on Monday (December 4th), we dug up some of the lesser-known facts about Lynch's cult series...

 

Twin Peaks was one of the few things to unite America and Russia…

Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev was a big fan of one US import, Twin Peaks. In fact, he was such a fan of the show that he asked George H.W. Bush to use his Presidential power to find out who killed Laura Palmer. The President failed, though not because his request didn’t make it through to David Lynch, but because Lynch hadn’t decided who the killer was yet...

 

The population of Twin Peaks is still up for debate…

Lynch and Frost were keen to emphasise that Twin Peaks is a very small town, but as it turns out their broadcaster ABC wasn’t so keen. Thinking that viewers wouldn’t be able to relate to life in such a small town, they insist the pair change the original total of 5,120 to something much higher. In the end they added an extra 1 taking the number to 51, 201, but they maintain the original is the real amount.

 

Sheryl Lee wasn’t supposed to appear in the show…

Despite the fact that her character Laura Palmer’s murder is the storyline that ties the whole series together, it looked for a long time like actress Sheryl Lee would only get to appear in Twin Peaks in flashback scenes. Lamenting this, Lynch and Frost decided to write in the role of Maddy Ferguson, the cousin who looks scarily like Laura Palmer, just so Lee could get a proper role in the series.

 

And that prom photo, it’s real…

The haunting image of Laura in her prom dress, yup, that was Sheryl Lee at her own prom…

 

The Log Lady still has her log…

Catherine E. Coulson, aka The Log Lady, was offered a lot of money for her log, but steadfastly held onto it and kept it at her home until her death in 2015. The log would occasionally make an appearance at Twin Peaks conventions, but even that stopped after regulations on what you can carry on airlines were tightened.

 

Kyle MacLachlan’s brother makes a particularly grizzly cameo…

When Kyle MacLachlan’s brother Craig came to visit him on set during the making of the end of the second season he must have been delighted when he found out he’d gotten him a cameo, delight that must have tapered off slightly when he’d have to play the corpse of one of Windom Earle’s victims...

 

Josie Packard was almost Italian…

Originally the part of the enigmatic widow of mill owner Andrew Packard was due to be played by Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, but after she exited the project and Joan Chen was cast as her replacement the part was swiftly rewritten to reflect Chen’s Chinese heritage.

 

Doctor Jacoby is based on a real-life therapist…

The eccentric and downright creepy Doctor Jacoby, Laura Palmer’s therapist, was inspired by ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna. If you check out photos of McKenna, you’ll see the familiar dress sense and note his love of Hawaii, a place Jacoby just won’t shut up about...

 

Steven Spielberg was due to direct an episode of the show…

According to Harley Peyton, one of the show’s key writers, he and Mark Frost had convinced Spielberg, a huge fan of the show, to direct the opening episode of the second season. Trouble was, once they told Lynch, he’d already decided to direct that episode himself...

 

You can still get a good rate at the Great Northern…

It’s since been rechristened as the Salish Lodge, but the hotel where so much of Twin Peaks takes place is still open and taking bookings…

 

 

The new series of Twin Peaks is availble in hmv stores from Monday December 4th - you can also find it here in our online store...

 

 

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