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Rowland Rivron wins Sports Relief Let’s Dance with his very own unique take on Christopher Walken’s awarding winning dance to Fat Boy Slim’s video Weapon of Choice.
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From an early start playing drums on Blue Peter aged 15, Rowland Rivron has gone on to forge a career of extraordinary breadth and success. His many talents include writer, presenter, comedy actor and musician.
Rowland has performed and written for many of the groundbreaking programmes on British television. As a musician and writer, he has featured on The Tube, The Young Ones, The Comic Strip, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, and with French and Saunders as the charismatic Dwayne, one half of Raw Sex.
Rowland also wrote and starred opposite Jools Holland in The Groovy Fellers, directed by Tim Pope. Through his association with Jools Holland, Rowland found himself playing drums in the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra for eighteen months.
In the 1980s, one of television’s finest comedic partnerships was born when Rowland teamed up with Jonathan Ross on The Last Resort. He also worked as Jonathan’s sidekick in Saturday Zoo and Tonight With Jonathan Ross.
For three years Rowland was the main presenter on Carlton’s London listing show Good Stuff; he’s filed reports for Eurotrash, presented Up The Junction from Cambridge, and presented The Bunker Show on Night Network. From the Bunker sprang the ground breaking Riveron, a show that saw Rowland interviewing people in the Thames. Yes, floating in the water!
‘Being in Raw Sex was an opportunity to spend hours in a beer sodden but hard wearing seventies suit, shirt open to my then snake hips and trousers so tight we were actually banned for a time from appearing in Islington…’
In 2007, Rowland entered the ultimate celebrity singing contest – Comic Relief Does Fame Academy. Unfortunately, his time in the Academy was cut short as he was the first celebrity to be expelled!
His other TV appearances of note include: My Family (BBC1) in 2008, A Bucket o’ French and Saunders (BBC1) in 2007, Never Had It So Good (BBC1) and the travel show You Call the Shots (BBC1) in 2003, Extreme Celebrity Detox (Channel 4), Rowland Rivron’s Drinking Club (Channel 4), Holby City (BBC1) and the Ben Elton sitcom Blessed (BBC1).
On radio, you’ll have heard Rowland’s distinctive voice on Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4), Radio Rivron (BBC Radio 2), a Saturday comedy/chat show for LBC, the drive time show on Virgin Radio, and Jammin’ (BBC Radio 2).