Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E1&2/18), Tuesday 23rd May, Sky Atlantic

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It has been a long time since 1990 – 27 years, maths fans – and since those heady days, when Twin Peaks took over the world for a short while, we’ve had all kinds of dramas on television that have elevated the medium to new heights. Just think, we’ve had The Wire, The Sopranos, Sex And The City, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, True Detective, The Killing, The Bridge and the rise of Netflix and other streaming sites. All genre-defining – era-defining – dramas that have raised the bar. But at the start of it all was Twin Peaks. It struck a chord for so many people – me included – thanks to its beguiling alchemy of whodunit, police procedural, soap and a melodrama (unashamedly so), as well as Lynchian expeditions into other dimensions and the subconscious. There were memorable characters, cliffhangers, emotionally engaging moments, as well as terrifying scenes aplenty that are still branded onto my retinas. Despite its many influences, it became a post-modern masterpiece, something genuinely fresh and new. But 27 years is a long time, and even though I’ve been impossibly excited by its return there was a kernel of dread fomenting in my belly. How would it hold up after all these years and after so much good envelope-pushing drama? My only hope was that this new run of 18 parts, this return to the world of Twin Peaks, would not be engulfed by the new benchmark in quality we’ve seen develop over the past decade or so. I just wanted it to hold its own and be good. It was more than that.

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New Twin Peaks trailer is most revealing yet

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Anyone who reads this site knows how excited I am for the return of Twin Peaks in just over a week’s time. Growing up it was one of the shows that changed my outlook on the world, and was the first TV series that I became gripped and obsessed with. Yes, my excitement is tempered by a little caution (I really hope it’s good), but the latest trailer -released yesterday – certainly stokes the fires. Have a look after the jumperoo. Continue reading

Twin Peaks drops new trailer

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It’s getting closer. The much-hyped and much-anticipated (at least in this house) ‘revival’ series is set to drop on US cable network on 21st May, with a UK premiere on Tuesday 23rd May on Sky Atlantic. Now we have our first trailer of any significance, although the 49 seconds doesn’t give too much away. What it does do is to let us see the likes Big Ed Hurley (played by actor Everett McGill), Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton), Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie), Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz), Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill (Michael Horse) and FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) as they are in 2017. Which is fun for all the family. Have a look after the jump. Continue reading

Sky Atlantic releases two new Twin Peaks teasers

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watch_the_new_cryptic_teaser_trailers_for_the_twin_peaks_sequelUp until now all the cryptic promotional material for the new, upcoming Twin Peaks has been from the US and its new network home, Showtime. But now Twin Peaks’ UK broadcaster, Sky Atlantic, is getting in on the act with its own promo campaign, a campaign that has seen two new teaser trailers released in the past day or so. Continue reading

Showtime and Sky Atlantic confirms Twin Peaks transmission date

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twin-peaksIf you read our Quite Large Crime Drama Preview For 2017 (here if you haven’t), one of the things that included was the return of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s era-defining crime show that crossed dimensions and introduced us to myriad much-remembered characters. So we all know it’s back this year, but until this moment didn’t know when. Autumn? Summer? Yes, probably summer. Now Showtime, the show’s new US home, has revealed the start date. Continue reading

Twin Peaks cast teases new Twin Peaks series

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twin-peaksOne of the big things coming next year is the new series of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s inter-dimensional crime story with damn fine coffee and pie. We’ve charted its rocky path to production – it’s quite story in itself. Now the filming is just about wrapped up, we’re starting to get the first pieces of teaser material. Today Showtime (the show’s home US network) released a teaser film with the cast espousing how good it’s going to be and how wonderful it all is. One line hit home: be prepared to be taken out of your comfort zone. Have a look at the full video after the jump… Continue reading

New Twin Peaks likely to be summer 2017 at the earliest

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richard-beymer-twin-peaks-56-640x290Regular readers of this site will probably know by now that I’m excited by the return of Twin Peaks next year. It has had a rocky road to completion but with everything in place the only thing we’re waiting for now is information on when it’ll be played out, and in how many series it will be split up into. Over the weekend the Comic-Con in San Diego took place, where the great and the good of the movie, gaming and TV industry got together to show off their wares, and while David Lynch and other Twin Peaks acolytes weren’t in attendance, one of the stars was, and he let slip some crucial information.  Continue reading