Laura and Alec see a Donald Duck cartoon though which one is never explained.
Brief encounter is mentioned
The farewell scene between Mainwaring and Mrs Grey echoes this film.
This movie is mentioned by Henry in this episode.
Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson referenced by name by Computer Dating operative
Nina and Jamie (and his ghost friends) watch this on tv in one scene.
In his review of "Summertime" (1955), Roger Ebert mentions that David Lean also directed this movie.
A sub-plot covers a romance in the refreshment room, which may describes as "a brief encounter".
Arnold (about disliking diesel trains): "There is no romance in diesels. Can you imagine Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson having a 'Brief Encounter' on anything but a steam train?
Noël Coward offers Phoebe Sparrow a small part in the film.
Jim says to Dot, "I'll tell you what... when you get released I'll take you to see that film you know that Brief Encounter."
Hugh Grant's falling into water scene references Trevor Howard's falling into water while (badly) rowing Celia Johnson on a similar lake in a similar looking boat, after which, they too fall to laughing. In addition, this reference hints that Bridget and Daniel's romance will only be a brief encounter.
Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) refers to "Brief Encounter" as a favorite film, and Ludo tries to rent it at the video store.
"Brief Incontinence" in Roddy's DVD collection
On television set in Linguini's house
Mentioned in dialogue by Marshall
Oliver falls in love with the movie when he arrives at Geoffrey's house
Movie is shown in a cinema
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
Gary Sparrow watches Brief Encounter to see if he and Phoebe are in it.
Clips used and trailer included
Interviews about film and locations revisited
The film is showcased on TV in the leading characters' home.
James McAvoy's #4 Favorite Film
Clips shown to illustrate points
The relationship between George Mainwaring and Fiona Gray is a deliberate homage to the film, down to their railway station farewell.
There is an act featuring Victoria Wood and Bil Paterson in which she gets a mince pie caught in her eye
Train station waiting room scene
In one scene, two characters act out the end of the movie.