Brief Encounter (1945) Poster


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Version of 

Parenthesi (1968)
Brief Encounter (1974) (TV Movie)
Tonight at 8.30 (1991) (TV Series)
Tonight at 8.30: Still Life (1991) (TV Episode)

Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.



Donald's Better Self (1938) (Short)
Laura and Alec see a Donald Duck cartoon though which one is never explained.
Throb: Brief Encounter (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference.

Referenced in 

The Andy Griffith Show: Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter (1961) (TV Episode)
Title reference
George and the Dragon: George Meets the Dragon (1966) (TV Episode)
Taxi cab driver says he's seen this film 15 times
The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)
Brief encounter is mentioned
Dad's Army: Mum's Army (1970) (TV Episode)
The farewell scene between Mainwaring and Mrs Grey echoes this film.
The Liver Birds: Love Is (1974) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Paul.
M*A*S*H: Life with Father (1974) (TV Episode)
This movie is mentioned by Henry in this episode.
All in the Family: Archie's Brief Encounter: Part 3 (1976) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Szysznyk: Beef Encounters (1977) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Extramarital relationship conducted over regular periods of time (weeks / years).
Hi-de-Hi!: Empty Saddles (1983) (TV Episode)
Peggy references this movie.
Who's the Boss?: Briefless Encounter (1984) (TV Episode)
title reference
Beverly Hills Buntz: Brief Encounter (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Only Fools and Horses....: Dates (1988) (TV Episode)
Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson referenced by name by Computer Dating operative
The Upper Hand: Briefless Encounter (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Birds of a Feather: Brief Encounter (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Truly Madly Deeply (1990)
Nina and Jamie (and his ghost friends) watch this on tv in one scene.
At the Movies: On the Sunny Side of the Screen (1994) (TV Episode)
In his review of "Summertime" (1955), Roger Ebert mentions that David Lean also directed this movie.
A Midwinter's Tale (1995)
Vernon refers to the film.
A Close Shave (1995) (Short)
This Life: Brief Encounter (1996) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Oh Doctor Beeching!: Job Opportunity (1996) (TV Episode)
A sub-plot covers a romance in the refreshment room, which may describes as "a brief encounter".
Oh Doctor Beeching!: A Pregnant Pause (1997) (TV Episode)
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?
Fighting for Peace: Inside 'The Boxer' (1998) (Video)
mentioned once
Goodnight Sweetheart: Grief Encounter (1999) (TV Episode)
Noël Coward offers Phoebe Sparrow a small part in the film.
EastEnders: Episode dated 12 December 2000 (2000) (TV Episode)
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."
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
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.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Big Screen Britain: Brief Encounter (2003) (TV Episode)
Television programme visits the locations for the film
All Grown Up!: Thief Encounter (2003) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)
Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) refers to "Brief Encounter" as a favorite film, and Ludo tries to rent it at the video store.
Flushed Away (2006)
"Brief Incontinence" in Roddy's DVD collection
Ratatouille (2007)
On television set in Linguini's house
United States of Tara: Inspiration (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Marshall
The Impossible Place (2011)
Oliver falls in love with the movie when he arrives at Geoffrey's house
Blood (2012)
Joe's wife has fallen asleep reading a book called "The Milford Woman", by Dr. Alec Harvey. Harvey is the main character in David Lean's film, who meets and falls in love with a married woman at the Milford railway station.
Endeavour: Home (2013) (TV Episode)
When Dr. Kern is helping Mrs. Coke-Norris go through her late husband's books, the music playing in the background is Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto, famous as the theme music of the 1945 film.
The Railway Man (2013)
Mentioned in dialogue when Eric informs Patti that it was filmed at Carnforth Railway Station.
QI: Lenses (2014) (TV Episode)
The beginning of the movie is described.
Carol (2015)
The framing device of parting lovers interrupted was inspired by BRIEF ENCOUNTER.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Cate Blanchett/Anthony Mackie/Tinashe (2015) (TV Episode)
Cate Blanchett mentions that it is one of her favorite movies
Film '72: Episode #44.10 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Love (2015)
Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow (2015) (TV Movie)
Ashley mentions the movie by name.
News at Ten: Episode dated 20 September 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Nina.

Featured in 

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
Helene watches the film in the cinema in 1950.
Room 101: Episode #2.5 (1995) (TV Episode)
A clip from this plays as Richard E. Grant and Nick Hancock re-enact the behaviour of irritating cinema audience members by eating noisily, coughing and talking.
The Heidi Chronicles (1995) (TV Movie)
Daisies in December (1995) (TV Movie)
Gerald and Katherine watch Brief Encounter on TV
The Care and Handling of Roses (1996) (TV Movie)
Movie is shown in a cinema
Zomergasten: Episode #11.2 (1998) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
Wonderful You (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
Goodnight Sweetheart: Grief Encounter (1999) (TV Episode)
Gary Sparrow watches Brief Encounter to see if he and Phoebe are in it.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Sex in the 70s: Blue Movies (2005) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Empire: The World's Best Movie Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Clips used and trailer included
The Culture Show: British Film Special (2007) (TV Episode)
Interviews about film and locations revisited
Brick Lane (2007)
The film is showcased on TV in the leading characters' home.
Timeshift: Between the Lines: Railways in Fiction and Film (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Knight and Day/I Am Love/The Killer Inside Me (2010) (TV Episode)
James McAvoy's #4 Favorite Film
Tabloid (2010)
clips shown
50 Years of Bad Sex (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips shown to illustrate points
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)
discusion on ideology
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
Altman (2014)
A scene is presented. One of Robert Altman's favorite films.
Paul O'Grady's Hollywood: Weepies (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
News at Ten: Episode dated 20 September 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The Empty Screen or the Metaphysics of Movies (2017) (Short)
clips are shown

Spoofed in 

Dad's Army: Mum's Army (1970) (TV Episode)
The relationship between George Mainwaring and Fiona Gray is a deliberate homage to the film, down to their railway station farewell.
Sir Norbert Smith, a Life (1989) (TV Movie)
Briefest Encounter (1993) (TV Movie)
Victoria Wood: With All the Trimmings (2000) (TV Special)
There is an act featuring Victoria Wood and Bil Paterson in which she gets a mince pie caught in her eye
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
Train station waiting room scene
The History Boys (2006)
In one scene, two characters act out the end of the movie.

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