In All Quiet on the Preston Front (abbreviated to Preston Front after the first series) written by Tim Firth and shown on BBC television between January 1994 and September 1997, a Rascal van was used to advertise Mr Wang’s restaurant, “Roman Holiday”. It’s comedic value was enhanced by the large bowl of noodles on the roof, which came loose while Eric (played by Paul Haigh) was giving Hodge (played by Colin Buchanan) driving lessons. The van also had to be lifted from a pond at one point.
In ITV’s soap opera Coronation Street, around 1995, there was a scene where Reg Holdsworth, the wonderfully comic corner shop keeper (played by Ken Morley) and his wife Maureen (Sherie Hewston) had to stop on the side of the road, with smoke/steam bellowing from the cab of their (rarely seen) Rascal van.
Around 1999, the BBC had a trailer for the forthcoming season which began with comedian Phill Jupitus and film crew (including the soundman with boom microphone for maximum slapstick potential) coming to an abrupt halt in a Rascal van outside John Peel’s house, and proceeding in the style of David Attenborough to ‘discover’ the forthcoming attractions.
BBC Radio 1FM top quality entertainers Mark Radcliffe and Lard have a character called Fat Harry White, who often refers to his soft-top Rascal van.
The Funfax ‘Cars, Trucks, and Buses’ sticker book (available in good bookshops) has a blue Rascal to stick next to the words “Delivery van - goods can be loaded into this van through a sliding door on its side.”