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17 People From Your Childhood To Follow On Twitter

Yes everybody, Roland Rat really is on Twitter.

1. Floella Benjamin.


Floella Benjamin

@FloellaBenjamin

Don’t let your heart & mind stray into places that will only bring you regret, sorrow & pain. Live so that you are not ashamed of yesterday.

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The former queen of all Playschool has embraced social media with gusto, and now spends most of her time wandering round with a sense of awe and wonderment at the world and everything in it. Plus, did anyone else realise Floella Benjamin is now a Baroness?!

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2. Andy Crane.


Andy Crane

@andycrane64

Now you won’t find a bigger fan of @MediaCityUK than me - but look where BBC Radio Berkshire lives!

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Proving that you can move onto serious journalism after spending years on screen next to a toy duck with a green mohawk, the former CBBC broomcupboard host is now a serious journalist at BBC Radio Manchester.

3. Wincey Willis.

Good morning all another day on this wonderful world. How lucky we are. The sun is out highlighting the diamond dew drops on the grass. :-)

— Wincey Willis (@WinceyWillis1)

Wincey Willis

@WinceyWillis1

Good morning all another day on this wonderful world. How lucky we are. The sun is out highlighting the diamond dew drops on the grass. :-)

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The former TV-AM weather presenter, and the woman who did the maps on Treasure Hunt has become something of a cult Twitter sensation in later life. She goes round making slightly demented observations and nature, posting pictures of birds and regularly telling new followers, “wine o’clock is whenever you want it to be.”

4. Yvette Fielding.

Anybody love a great blast of music?then check out King Pleasure and the biscuit boys. Without doubt the best swing band EVER! x

— Yvette Fielding (@Yfielding)

Yvette Fielding

@Yfielding

Anybody love a great blast of music?then check out King Pleasure and the biscuit boys. Without doubt the best swing band EVER! x

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Yvette was the coolest of the Blue Peter presenters. More so because she would shamelessly go on to con viewers as a supposed ghost-hunter on Most Haunted.

5. Keith Chegwin.

Told my son about the birds & the bees. He then told me about the postman & my wife

— Keith Chegwin (@thekeithchegwin)

Keith Chegwin

@thekeithchegwin

Told my son about the birds & the bees. He then told me about the postman & my wife

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Cheggers is currently performing in The Nutcracker On Ice because of course he is. Most of his tweets involve gags about being a middle-aged man on the edge. But because of his well-documented on-the-edge struggles, it can get a bit uncomfortable.

6. Zoe Ball.

Oops! Ha ha. #embarrassingMum #bigmouth ANYWAY changes topic #fashflash forgot where shirt from lovely peeps will tweet when I remember DOH

— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall)

Zoe Ball

@ZoeTheBall

Oops! Ha ha. #embarrassingMum #bigmouth ANYWAY changes topic #fashflash forgot where shirt from lovely peeps will tweet when I remember DOH

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Zoe’s TV career is back on the up with her Strictly Come Dancing spin-off show. But she gets a mention because her Cool Mom monologue is so wonderfully chaotic.

7. Michaela Strachan.

not sure I ever want to speak to the Daily Mail again. Every interview is digging for some out of context headline! Some of it I did say.

— Michaela Strachan (@michaelastracha)

Michaela Strachan

@michaelastracha

not sure I ever want to speak to the Daily Mail again. Every interview is digging for some out of context headline! Some of it I did say.

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Michaela was responsible for making a generation of teenage boys interested in wildlife. And she’s still at it, while also joining in with the national pastime of bashing the Daily Mail.

8. Gaz Top.

Saw a gas van today with the message "Can you smell gas?" on it. You'd think they'd know, I mean they are supposed to be experts, right?

— Gareth Jones (@GarethJonesTV)

Gareth Jones

@GarethJonesTV

Saw a gas van today with the message “Can you smell gas?” on it. You’d think they’d know, I mean they are supposed to be experts, right?

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The over-animated Get Fresh presenter looks to have matured only slightly. He might do serious car shows now, but he’s got an amusing GIF as his profile picture.

9. Maggie Philbin.

"There are now more mobile phones than toothbrushes in the world" ..I'm saying nothing #techlondon

— maggie philbin (@maggiephilbin)

maggie philbin

@maggiephilbin

“There are now more mobile phones than toothbrushes in the world” ..I’m saying nothing #techlondon

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The chief siren from Tomorrow’s World is still hard at work at the BBC teaching new generations about the wonders of science (the above fact must be true because it comes from Maggie Philbin. And like lots of people on Twitter, talks about X Factor quite a bit too.

10. John Craven.

Hello twitter world.. @Matthew_Corbett convinced me to start up it.. Oh well

— John Craven (@JohnCraven_)

John Craven

@JohnCraven_

Hello twitter world.. @Matthew_Corbett convinced me to start up it.. Oh well

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He might still be going strong with Countryfile, but judging from his profile picture, realises that his most important work was keeping a generation of children up to date with current affairs on Newsround.

11. Neil Buchanan.

@sjj85 Hi Sarah - I'm in a rock band called Marsielle and a grown up artist. Take care NB

— Neil Buchanan (@NeilBuchananArt)

Neil Buchanan

@NeilBuchananArt

@sjj85 Hi Sarah - I’m in a rock band called Marsielle and a grown up artist. Take care NB

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The Art Attack hero is still on a mission to get Britain drawing and painting. But he also has a neat sideline as a heavy metal guitarist in the Liverpool-based Marseille.

12. Katy Puckrik

Getting down to the bottom of another tub of Rose Sugar Body Scrub from those pleasure pushers at @RENskincare. It's skincare meets dessert!

— Katie Puckrik (@KatiePuckrik)

Katie Puckrik

@KatiePuckrik

Getting down to the bottom of another tub of Rose Sugar Body Scrub from those pleasure pushers at @RENskincare. It’s skincare meets dessert!

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Kooky Katie was always the coolest out presenters on Channel 4 gross-out The Word with her bubblegum sass. She’s still at it with her journalism now, but also spends a lot of time talking about perfumes.

13. Timmy Mallett.

Enjoying Top bottle of bourbon stout made by Durham micro brewery sonnet. Drink of the gods! Gorgeous

— Timmy Mallett (@TimmyMallett)

Timmy Mallett

@TimmyMallett

Enjoying Top bottle of bourbon stout made by Durham micro brewery sonnet. Drink of the gods! Gorgeous

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Weirdly, the Wacaday legend is still going strong with pretty much the same act 25 years later. The Mallett’s Mallett is still out in force at gigs across the country, but his tweets are always a bit sensible, disappointingly.

14. Terry Wogan.

Please watch this & share with your friends https://t.co/zzhZ91C9PX Come join us or sponsor us for BBC Children in Need.

— Terry Wogan (@terry_wogan)

Terry Wogan

@terry_wogan

Please watch this & share with your friends https://t.co/zzhZ91C9PX Come join us or sponsor us for BBC Children in Need.

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Wogan. What possible justification could the nation’s favourite eccentric uncle require? Predictably, there’s a lot about Children In Need.

15. Dame Edna Everage.

On @loosewomen in an hour possums, ITV1!

— Dame Edna Everage (@RealDameEdna)

Dame Edna Everage

@RealDameEdna

On @loosewomen in an hour possums, ITV1!

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Hello Possums! The world’s favourite Australian housewife superstar is on Twitter, although often for little more than to plug her live shows.

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16. Paul Daniels.

I have had so many requests for Master Classes on my Magic Days as Christmas Presents I have put a couple of festive dates on my web site

— Paul Daniels (@ThePaulDaniels)

Paul Daniels

@ThePaulDaniels

I have had so many requests for Master Classes on my Magic Days as Christmas Presents I have put a couple of festive dates on my web site

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And that’s magic! The nation’s favourite light entertainment magician of the 80s is a near-constant tweeter. There’s a wealth of first-hand monologue about life on the road with the lovely Debbie McGee, ranting about hotels, but sadly none of his tricks given away.

17. Roland Rat.

@GiveTheGirlAGun I REMEMBER YOUR TAT NOW ITS FAB YEAHHHH YOU'RE A TRUE RATFAN. SO WHOT EXACTLY DO YA WANT THEN? JUST MY AUTOGRAPH THEN? XXX

— SIR ROLAND RAT (@rolandrat)

SIR ROLAND RAT

@rolandrat

@GiveTheGirlAGun I REMEMBER YOUR TAT NOW ITS FAB YEAHHHH YOU’RE A TRUE RATFAN. SO WHOT EXACTLY DO YA WANT THEN? JUST MY AUTOGRAPH THEN? XXX

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It’s an incredible 30 years since the international “Rodent Geni-Arse and Living Legend” made his debut on childrens’ breakfast TV. But somebody (in Los Angeles apparently) is still keeping up the Twitter account. As Ratfans everywhere would always say, “YEAH!”

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