Thanks for doing another interview for Ratfans.com.
Letís get started with the questionsÖ
25 years in Showbiz is a brilliant achievement. Talk us
through some of the highs, and lows, of the last quarter
of a century of entertaining.
Roland:- Being a multi talented geni-arse
is a hard cross to bear, but Iíve always been prepared
to suffer for my art. However, l never Ďave yeahhhhh!!!
Iíve had a FAB time made millions, entertained the
masses and had one big party...what could be better?
From those early days at TV-AM up on the roof with me
first series l knew Iíd be around forever cus Iím
marvellous stands to reason donít it yeahhhh! When those
hundreds of letters started pouriní in l knew l was set
on the path for superstardom. The BBC loomed so did
Channel 5 and Channel 4 and just about every other
channel you can think of so líve moved around a bit over
25 years! This year Iíve had a fab time appeariní on
loads of different TV and radio....rehab is not an
option for this superstar yeahhhhh!!
You must be thrilled to see
hundreds of Ratfans getting back together, this time on
the World Wide Web. What does it feel like to know that,
even after 25 years, you are still loved by the masses?
The web is a fantastic place for old and new
Ratfans to talk directly to yours truly on a one to
one... what could be better, l just wish that we had
been able to use the web in the 80ís now wouldnít that
have been cool? Hearing Ratfans stories about how l
affected their lives when they were kids in either times
of need or just being there every day for Ďem makes me
really proud cus that is all lím here for .....to
entertain my beloved Ratfans yeahhhhh!
Kevin and Errol must be pleased to
communicate with their fans too. How are the rest of the
gang? Reggie still misbehaving?!
The gang are a solid bunch we stick together and
support each other, even though half of Ďem are totally
useless!!! Kev loves Facebook, Errol canít see the point
and Little Reggie is gettiní in on the act too!
of people on Facebook and the Message Board are asking
about when you'll be releasing your music on CD. Have
you got any more details on that, and what other
merchandise have you got planned for this year?
The CD music re-release is really important and
we are hoping that will be in the Autumn where both
albums will be released and new stuff too! Other
merchandise set for the Autumn is the
t-shirt, sweatshirt and hoodies license, plus the
You had an authorized life story book out many years
ago. Will you be publishing your autobiography?
Good question - itís about time innit yeahhhhhh!
Actually l have been writing a book as a matter of fact.
Itís entitled ďRATíS LIFE!Ē and it documents everything
from the beginning, it will be a fascinatiní read!!!!!
You used to wear a lot of Nike and
Osh-Kosh fashion, what are your favourite clothes brands
Most of my clothes are by VANS, plus CONVERSE
You've met quite a few famous
people in your time; are there any other celebs that
you'd like to meet or work with?
l always wanted to work with Spike Milligan but
the BBC were too scared to book him as they considered
him difficult! lt was great working with Frankie Howerd
on numerous occasions, the Pythons Terry Jones and
Graham Chapman were brill. There are loads more Iíd like
to work with.... too many to mention... l luv meeting
new stars, none of Ďem are as multi talented as me of
Do you ever bump into any old
friends in LA or London?
Well Iím always bumping into people on my
jetsettiní travels. When we were filming on top of a
mountain in the desert in California Paul Daniels
appeared out of the blue, so l dragged him into the
You have mentioned on Facebook
that there's a chance you of getting your own show back
in the UK. How's that progressing?
Slowly as per usual but l have my agent workiní
on it, it will be a chat show to be shot in the
Hollywood sewer or the London sewer with an audience
aimed at a late slot, not for kids.
Do you manage to watch any British
TV in the States? What are your favourite TV shows?
Donít watch British tv in the States, in fact
l donít watch a lot of tv unless itís somethiní Iíve
shot! In America most of the stuff is abysmal but l like
RENO 911 and also the American OFFICE series is not bad.
recently featured on Hits TV - we know your taste in
music, so how many on the Countdown were your choice?!
Kylie? Girls Aloud? Bananarama?!
Do you want a list of what was not my choice!? l
guess you know my choices there were some left out cus
they thought they were not commercial enough!!! Like
P.I.L., Radiohead l had to beg for lggy Pop to be
included!!! They cut me in before Bananarama sayin' it
was one of my all time fave tracks....PLEASE!! That's
what happens when someone edits your show and you are
not involved!! l shot a link for P.I.L. but they did not
include it. lf you are a true Ratfan you can spot the
mindless rubbish that was not mine!!!!
For a complete Top 50
countdown list, click
Have you got any projects on the
go at the moment?
l always have several projects in development at
any one time, we have a development list that is
extensive. l would love to tell you about them but as l
am often getting ideas stolen l have to keep them
confidential otherwise a project ends up like The Koala
Brothers....stolen!!! Wonít go into that now.......
Ireland put forward a
singing turkey for their Eurovision Song Contest entry
this year. The UK came last. Why don't you do the song
for the United Kingdom in 2009?
l could do a lot better than a pathetic singing
turkey thatís for sure and all our entries have been so
appalling for years l think Colin my pet flea could do a
better job than most of Ďem yeahhhh!!!! Scrap the whole
contest Ė itís a joke quite honestly!
And finally, have you got a
message for all us Ratfans reading this interview?
Of course, l love you all yeahhhhh!! Thanks to
the web you can ďGET A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE ONE YOU
LOVEí (remember that O.W.R.R.A.S slogan?) Check out the
Facebook sites on a regular basis and of course the
Official RR Web site will be up and running soon!!! Mind
you with Ratfans.com doiní such a great
job l can take even longer now yeahhhh!!!
Luv ya loads
Ratfans.com would like to say a
big thank you to Roland for taking time out of his busy
schedule to conduct the interview.
© 2008 Roland