School Days: 1982-1987
Poor Roland - life was never going to be easy for him
at Grange Hill. From day one his large frame made him
an easy target for bullies and rejected by his classmates.
He came to Grange Hill shy, introverted and young for
his age; the only way he could cope when the going got
rough was to run away from school. Comfort eating was
another escape route but this would only add to his weight
problem. Janet tried her best but her interference was
Things came to a head in the third year when mum walked
out on the family and Roland found himself involved
in Jimmy McLaren's dodgy deals. But from this moment
on, the only way was up. A passion for French and his
girlfriend Fabienne made him much happier at school.
In fact, who'd have thought Roland would have left school
a confident young man with good leadership skills. Again,
bullies never prosper.
5: Roland's first day at Grange Hill is a nightmare,
with Gripper taking his money and Baxter pulling him up
for being where he shouldn't. He keeps running away from
school and sees the educational psychologist. In the end
it becomes too much and Roland throws himself in front
of a car.
Series 6: Gripper
continues to pursue Roland, and he bullies new girl
Diane, who suffers from bad acne. Roland shows initiative
on the trip to St Albans and uses a tape recorder to
collect historical facts about the town.
Series 7: Roland finds
himself "employed by Jimmy McLaren as his book-keeper
and steals Annette's bike. Janet discovers Roland's mum
has walked out. Roland and Baxter get lost on the orienteering
trip; he's hailed a hero when Baxter is injured and raises
Series 8: Roland
starts dating French exchange student, Fabienne. He
develops a passion for all things Gallic and tries to
stow away on the ferry to France! Mr Bronson is not
Series 9: Roland allows
Zammo to use the backroom of the amusement arcade for
"haircuts". He's shocked to find Zammo spaced
out on heroin. Roland tries to get Zammo to talk, but
he get defensive.
Series 10: Roland
is instrumental in setting up Radio Grange Hill, and
the fundraiser for Danny Kendall. He becomes quite adept
at cooking and goes on a sponsored diet.
FAMILY: Roland lived
with his parents, an only child. Dad was a delivery man for
a confectionery company and mum worked in a greengrocer's.
They were both overweight so no wonder why Roland's eating
habits were so bad - Jamie Oliver would have given them a
right talking to! Mum walked out in Series 7 and Dad got a
job as a lorry driver, often leaving Roland home alone for
ASSOCIATES: Gripper Stebson,
Zammo Maguire, Jonah Jones, Kevin Baylon, Jimmy McLaren, Fabienne,
Danny Kendall, Freddie Mainwaring.
Maybe working as a French chef?