Hi Roland. Thanks for
agreeing to be interviewed exclusively for Ratfans.com!
We’ve had loads of questions sent in, but before we
start, how are you and what have you been up to since we
last saw you in the UK?
lt's been far too long since l was on tv in the UK, l
spend my time between here and the U.S.A, RREtv.inc is
busy with lot's of new projects, as you know we don't
just make my Roland Rat series.
What are the rest of the
gang up to – and how are your Mum and Dad?
Kev always travels with me and the rest of the gang are
in the sewer under the Hollywood sign, apart from mum
and dad who refuse to come to America, especially since
Bush was re-elected, cus they love England!
Let’s kick off with the
questions then – these are from Zyggy
memory was looking at myself in the mirror for the first
time and thinking who is that hunky, sexy, talented
What is your fondest memory of working on
Fondest memory at TV-AM was building up my
legions of loyal Ratfans, talking to them on live links
and getting their fan mail, oh and telling the
presenters they were all rubbish.
Which TV-AM adventure was your most enjoyable?
Winter Wonderland was my fave adventure,
although it was difficult to shoot cus it was flipping
Do you have any regrets joining the BBC?
The BBC is the biggest bureaucratic dump
in the world!!! They paid me a fortune so l can't
complain, but the place is full of bores!!!!!!!
What's your favourite sketch from "The
My fave sketch would be The Christmas
Carol and lggy Pop was my fave guest.
Is your favourite
car still a Rolls Royce or is it something else now?
My fave car
is not a Rolls Royce anymore, sorry they're rubbish...
very dated, no give me an Aston Martin about £130,000
that would do me! AND NOT IN PINK KEVIN!!!!!!!!
My fave film
would be CLOCKWORK ORANGE!
actors, singers, etc have been great influences on your
have influenced me? Well l worked several times with
Frankie Howerd he was fab, l always liked him cus he was
rude. John Cleese and Spike Milligan l love too.
Musically Bowie, lggy, PIL, Stravinsky, Mozart, Bach,
Mahler and Vivaldi.
Do you prefer
living in the UK or US?
l love the
UK but l like it when the sun shines everyday!!! So l
prefer California, Errol hates it of course yeahhhhhh!!!!!!!
So do you think you will be returning to
the UK in the near future, or are you happy jetting
between the two?
l'm afraid l'm spending more time in the U.S. as we are
putting together THE
DESERT RATS which l hope to be shooting soon near The
Joshua Tree National Park and in L.A. next year.
More questions – this time
Do you have a tail?
Do l have a
tail? Now you're getting personal!!!!! OF COURSE I HAVE
There were a series of photos in 1983 where l showed
it!!! ln the 'Winter Wonderland Special' magazine, but l
thought l looked better with it tucked in my trousers,
so l keep my tail to myself these days!!!!!!
If you were a
contestant on 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!',
what luxury item would you take with you?
lf l was on
'l'm A Celebrity' my luxury item would be a large roll
of sellotape so l could tape over the mouths of the
lesser known celebs (that's nearly all of 'em!) that
keep rabbiting on about themselves, pathetic idiots, let
loose in there l'd give 'em what for!!!
Our next set of
questions comes from Luke
Any news on the Winter
Wonderland DVD? Is it still in the works?
News on the
Winter Wonderland DVD is that it is delayed due to
tracing certain episodes, but we are now working on
ROLAND GOES EAST as all the original episodes are intact
and have been re-digitised, so that will be the next
Incidentally, how is the
website is a constant embarrassment to me so don't
mention it!!!! Problem is l can't find the right people
to work on it, so l leave it and get on with making
programmes which leaves me without a web site!!! lt is
ridiculous l don't have one, but we will get there
eventually..... you fans do a brill job though!!!
Can you finally reveal the
true story about what happened with you and Glenis The
Guinea Pig, her disappearance and the arrival of Roxanne
Rat? I must have missed it in the News Of The World at
There was no
story with Glenis, she ran off with Gary Glitter at the
Ratcave wedding ceremony!!!!!!!!! l ran off with
Samantha Fox!!!!!!! Sort of unfortunate choices in
hindsight!!! We were only acting as you know!!! So
Glenis and Roxanne are still part of the team, they hang
out in the Ratcave spending all my
money. l don't fancy either of 'em, l'd rather have
Whatever happened to the
Ratmobile? If it's still around that's pretty amazing
for a clapped out 1980's Ford Anglia. You could
probably sell it on the internet now as a vintage
collectable and finally make that eighty quid back!
I'll let you into a little secret there were several
Ratmobiles!!! And we left one in Hong Kong!!!
Any chance of you turning
up if the fans were to hold a Roland Rat Fan
Convention? How about if we held it in a club with lots
of free booze and girls?
A Roland Rat
Convention sounds great!!!! lf l was in the country of
would come, Errol wouldn't he can't see the point of
conventions, l took him
to a sci-fi one in the U.S. and he was arrested for
having a leek in public.
hear you were close friends with Brian The Dinosaur from
Parallel 9. Can you tell us what happened to him and
how he is? Cup' O Tea ?
l like Brian
the Dinosaur and Derek yeah,
part of RREtv's stable of characters, Mooncat is another
one, he was good. Brian was due to appear in his own
series, but for some reason didn't happen.
has just finished writing a new series for the Beeb
which is like the Young Ones, has CG, puppets and live
action, for adults not kids it is great, very edgy
you have any official statement to make following the
death of D'Arcey De Farcey?
about D'Arcey De Farcey was a big shock l did not know
until you fans started talking about him (on the Roland
Rat Message Board) so a big thank you for telling me!!!
l was very upset he was an old friend and a great
guy....and very funny.....a sad loss.
Ratfans.com note - James Saxon, aka D'Arcey De
Farcy sadly passed away in July 2003.
Being the brill, ace and
skill jet setting superstar you are, you've visited lots
of places over the years. Which has been your favourite
to film in and why?
location is L.A. cus there's so much to send up there,
everyone takes life in the movie business so seriously!
Also l loved shooting in Switzerland, l would like to
shoot in Venice though, that's why 'Roland Rat the
Our final set of questions
were sent in by Jon
Do you still get lots of
l still gets
lots of fan mail from around the world from people who
grew up watching me on tv, l always answer fan
Are you planning to
release any more records?
would like to release a new version of Rat Rapping, BBC
were going to get involved then for some reason went
with Basil Brush!!! NO COMMENT. l would also like to
make a Christmas album, a send up of all those cheesy
charity naff songs!
How many pink buckets does
Kevin have now?
Kev's pink bucket collection he has a storage unit in
America full of hundreds of the pathetic things, he is
Do you have a full set of
all the official merchandise made over the years?
wise l have everything yes, l have always loved toys
especially if l am on 'em!!! Over the twenty odd years l
have made sure l have copies of everything we ever made,
that's a lot of stuff!!!
Some great questions
there! So when can we expect to see you back on our
screens here in Britain?
expect me to be on British screens if some moron
commissions a series
l reckon you have to die before they give you a new
series in the UK that's
what happened to the fox! Remade and remodelled sad
Thanks very much for
answering our questions, Roland. Do you have a greeting
for all your Ratfans out there logging onto the
message to all my loyal fans in cyber space.....l love
you all, quite rightly you all realise what a geni-arse
l am, for twenty one years I've loved my Ratfans......I'm
getting emotional now...what's great now is that l can
actually talk to all those loyal fans 20 years on....
what could be better
ERROL: Your own web site, a series on tv, a new
record, some new T-shirts would do!
OH DO SHUT UP ERROL, YOU TEDIOUS HAMSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love ya more than ever....
Hope you all have a cool Yule yeahhhh!!!!!
ROLAND RAT SUPERSTAR 2004
Ratfans.com would like to thank
Roland for his time in conducting the interview.
© 2004 Roland