This was Roland's first TV Series
for the BBC, and was broadcast in a prime-time
Saturday tea time slot, usually around 5.20.
Based on BBC3 (which
didn't really exist in 1986), Roland not
only had his own show - he had his own
Famous names such as Frank
Carson, Lulu, Barry Norman and Nicholas
Parsons opened and closed each episode,
which was based in the RatCave.
Five of Roland's entourage
made their first appearances in the series -
Iris & Freddy, Colin The Flea, Fergie
The Ferret, and Reggie's pet budgie Eric.
Maureen, the RatCave
receptionist also made her debut, chatting
to Roland as he made his way from reception
to the TV studio. Roland sat behind his desk
and introduced guest stars, sketches and
major pop stars.
Roland was able to get
some of the biggest names in music to
appear, along with some top up and coming
bands. Ultravox, Dead Or Alive, The
Stranglers, Swing Out Sister, The Communards
are Erasure all popped in and performed
during the series.
Big showbiz names also sat
chatting to Roland, or starred in sketches,
throughout the fourteen episodes. Brian
Blessed, Samantha Fox, John Challis and
Richard O'Brien were all booked to appear by
D'Arcey De Farcey - who also managed plenty
of screen time himself!