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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey:
    • They think their fridge is self-aware...
    • There's a model of Discovery hanging in Bilbo's shop
  • AKIRA: Tim and Daisy were supposed to go and see it, but he blew her off after Sarah tried to get back in touch.
  • Alan Bennett's Talking Heads: Marsha's wistful monologue about how she almost became an Olympic athlete.
  • The A-Team: "You're like Mr. T, except hairy and white".
    • A remix of the theme is played in the nightclub by Mike in "Epiphanies".
    • Marsha uses the line "I love it when a plan comes together." when she gets Brian to realise where his creativity comes from.
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  • Back to the Future: when Amber leaves home, the last part of the sequence is a spinning, state of California, personalised number plate.
  • Babylon 5: Bilbo's rival is a big fan.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tim appears to have a crush on her and even prays to her for luck in "Help".
  • Bugsy Malone: the food fight in the restaurant is interrupted by the same music that interrupts the food fight in that film.
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost: Daisy compares Tim to the titular character due to his bleached hair and pale complexion.
  • Doctor Who: Bilbo's "office" (really the stock room) has its door decorated to resemble the TARDIS.
  • Evil Dead: Apparently, the right combination of sleep deprivation, twiglets, speed, video games and pretentious art make Tim think he's Ash Williams.
  • Fight Club: Robot Club.
  • Goodfellas: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a graphic artist."
  • Grange Hill: Tim and Daisy watch one of the characters getting killed in a rerun
    • Daisy's netball team experience is drawn in a similar style to the old opening credits complete with theme music.
  • Grease: Daisy when job hunting, describes her sweet and rebellious sides which are made to resemble Sandy before and after her makeover in the film. The employment agent even tells her "You better shape up. You better understand."
  • Green Card: Tim and Daisy don't remember the name of the film when they take pictures of themselves to hold up the ruse of being a couple.
  • Hawk the Slayer: Don't call it rubbish in front of Bilbo Bagshot.
  • The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy: The spider-mice are presented in Guide-style. Private Iron makes sound effects that sound like the Guide.
  • John Ford: the slow pullback from a closing door that ends the last two episodes of season two is a homage to this director, who was fond of ending his films this way.
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  • The King and I: "Getting To Know You" plays during a montage of Tim and Daisy while apartment hunting in Episode One.
  • Krull: Bilbo mentions when he suggested watching it to his dad, when talking to Tim.
  • Judge Dredd: Tim has a Judge Dredd poster in his room. Several issues of 2000 AD are read by various characters over the course of the series, generally featuring Dredd on the cover.
  • Jurassic Park: Duane's run-in with the young hooligans in Gone is a tribute to big-game hunter (and velociraptor entree) Muldoon's death scene, complete with obscured mauling.
    Duane: clever boys...
  • The Lord of the Rings: Bilbo Bagshot
  • The Magnificent Seven: The theme plays in Episode 2 when Brian covers for Tim and Daisy by putting Marsha's coat in their room.
  • Manhattan: Daisy's voiceover narration in the Series 2 premiere combined with the use of Rhapsody in Blue.
  • The Matrix:
    • Most of episode 1 of the second series with the agents.
    • Mike's imagined idea of how to infiltrate Darkstar Comics in "Help"
  • Mulan: When Amber moves out. Daisy confuses the film with something that actually happened to her.
  • The Omen (1976): In 'Dissolution', the opening scene of Brian developing photographs.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Daisy working in the restaurant.
  • Pulp Fiction: In the series 2 premiere, when Daisy returns to the flat, cooks pop tarts and picks up an Uzi just as Mike emerges from the bathroom.
  • Prisoner: Cell Block H: Uses the theme tune when the group appears to be on the verge of disintegrating.
  • Resident Evil 2: Tim plays Resident Evil 2 whilst high, leading to an imagined Zombie Apocalypse
  • Roobarb: The theme is used for the scene where young Tim is being chased by the dogs and when we see the young Daisy chasing after the aforementioned dogs.
  • RoboCop: Building Private Iron for Robot Wars.
  • Saving Private Ryan: "Good luck, and I'll see you at the beach"
    • Tim's hand starts shaking like Captain Miller's just beforehand as well.
  • Say Anything...: in the final episode, Tim holds a boombox in the classic John Cusack pose.
  • Scooby-Doo: Tim and Daisy, unintentionally cosplaying as Shaggy and Velma, respectively
  • The Shining: Dialogue about the spare room being "perfect for a child" leads into Creepy Twins in the cupboard!
    • Tim's stepdad chasing him through a hedge maze with an axe.
    • Sitting on the doorstep in the cold at the end of "gone"
  • Sinister Dexter: On the series 2 DVD, the scene from "Mettle" where Dexter appears is titled Sinister Dexter.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tim and Daisy have a bat'leth in the flat. Daisy is seen sharpening it at one point.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Captain Janeway appears in cardboard-cutout form in the back of the Fantasy Bazaar.
  • Star Wars:
    • Daisy tells Tim "Take care of yourself. I guess that's what you're best at".
    • Early on in the series whilst discussing flat-hunting:
      Tim: How are you doing?
      Daisy: Same as always
      Tim: That bad, huh?
    • Tim compares Daisy to "Jabba's little mate" when she denies being on his back.
    • Tim burns his Star Wars collectibles in a scene echoing Luke cremating Darth Vader. This was prompted by The Phantom Menace, which Tim doesn't like
    • Brian says "They arrived right before you did" when Tim, Daisy and Mike get home, only to find a couple of agents waiting for them.
    • Immediately followed by "You Lando."
    • "Jar Jar Binks makes the Ewoks look like fucking Shaft!"
    • The end of episode 6 of the second series mirrors the ending of The Empire Strikes Back.
    • The episode Chaos begins with Brian explaining how the entire series is the result of the gunner on the Star Destroyer's decision not to shoot R2 and 3-P0's pod. Later, the planning sequence for Colin's rescue is built entirely on Star Wars references, including character codenames and an imperial march remix as the background music.
    Tim/Han: Now, the facility is surrounded by a two-meter high fence, so we'll have to climb over it.
    Mike/Luke: Two meters? That's impossible, even for a computer!
    • When Daisy opens the lipstick Marsha gives her for her birthday, the lightsabre sound effect plays.
  • Strontium Dog: Mike tells Tim not to forget whose shoulder he cried on when Johnny Alpha got killed by "that big flying monster."
  • Tekken: Used as a Framing Device for the massive fight Tim and Daisy have at the end of the first series
  • Terry And June: The theme is used for Soundtrack Dissonance over one of Brian's frustrated painting sessions
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): In the opening scene of 'Dissolution', the sound effect when the photographs are taken are the same as the opening of the film.
  • Titanic (1997): The cut to Tim "masturbating over Gillian Anderson" shows his hand hitting a magazine in a style that echos the climax of the love scene in the back of the car in the cargo hold.
  • Tomb Raider III: Dumped by his girlfriend through a conciliatory letter, Tim plays it to vent his frustration.
    Brian: So, it didn't work, then?
Tim: No, it made me want to drown things!

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