Roland was born in a sewer
under King's Cross railway station in London. From an early age
he knew his destiny was to be famous and entertain the masses.
He began his televisual career on breakfast TV station, TV-am.
It was well documented that the station's ratings had fallen,
and something needed to be done to get viewers back.
Michael Parkinson introduced Roland's first broadcast, on the
1st April, 1983, from a shed on the top of the TV-am studios in
London. The response was immediate. Roland was given his own
series, Rat On The Road, in which he toured the UK in his pink
Ford Anglia, the Ratmobile.
Kevin bought the
car for just £85, and unfortunately, it always broke down. And
it was pink.
TV-am's ratings went up, thanks to Roland. A trip to Switzerland
followed for Christmas, 1983, then Roland went to Hong Kong to
make a film - Enter The Rodent. Sadly, the film didn't get made,
and Roland, Kevin,
and Little Reggie
- who appeared in Roland's luggage, had to travel home by
working as air stewards! Rat On The Road II was made during the
summer of 1984, and then during October, Roland and the gang
rescued a guinea pig called
Harrod's pet department, in a daring series of attempts called
Operation F.O.G.I. (Free Our Glen Immediately). Numerous other
specials followed, but Roland fancied a change, so in October,
1985, he moved channels to the BBC. More of his friends
appeared, including Fergie, the
DIY ferret, Colin,
Roland's pet flea, and even
Freddy made TV appearances.
Roland made a Christmas
special, plus two series of Roland Rat: The Series, the first of
which was broadcast on a Saturday night prime-time slot. In
1987, super-hero status was assured, when Roland and the gang
became crime fighters. Roland became Ratman, Kevin was Pink
Bucket Man, and
Errol was Leekman. Little Reggie
was, obviously Wind Man, and the odd-job ferret,
Kiltman. Roland appeared on other top TV shows, including Wogan,
Blankety Blank, and the Children's Royal Variety Performance.
Roland then left the BBC, and
ventured off to America, to Los Angeles and made several
programs called LA Rat, which were broadcast on Channel 5 in the
UK. Roland also tried his magic on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast
in an attempt to boost viewing figures. Sadly, this time around
it didn't work, and the TV show was axed.
Roland has kindly done
interviews with us over years, and you can see what he had to
Rol and the gang now divide
their time between the UK and Los Angeles. They live in a custom
built sewer under the Hollywood sign, and you will be able to
keep up with their adventures on this very site,
and on Instagram and Twitter! There are currently no official
Roland Rat Facebook pages.