Thriller (1973–1976)
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Mirror of Deception 

Good Salary, Prospects, Free Coffin (original title)
An ad appears in a London paper, looking for a woman with a sense of adventure and no ties. A young woman lands the job, says goodbye to her two roommates, and never contacts them again. ... See full summary »


John Scholz-Conway


Brian Clemens




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Maxwell ... Carter
Kim Darby ... Helen
Keith Barron ... Charley Masters
Julian Glover ... Gifford
Susan Dury Susan Dury ... Babs Bryant
Gillian Hawser Gillian Hawser ... Babs Two
John Abineri ... Insp. Buff
Bruce Boa ... Hanley
Janina Faye ... Wendy Phillips
Martin Read Martin Read ... Timothy Bryant
Reg Lye ... Caretaker
Peter Hill Peter Hill ... Filing Clerk
Julie Crosthwaite ... Tall Blonde
Karl Held Karl Held ... Security Guard
Annette Woollett Annette Woollett ... Wendy Two


An ad appears in a London paper, looking for a woman with a sense of adventure and no ties. A young woman lands the job, says goodbye to her two roommates, and never contacts them again. Six weeks later, one of the other roommates finds the same ad in the paper and applies. She is hired immediately, and despite her close friendship with her roommate, never writes or calls. Four months later, the last roommate sees the ad in the paper again, and determines to get to the bottom of the mystery. Written by Anonymous

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12 May 1975 (USA) See more »

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There's an in-joke in this episode - when the policeman is questioning the heroine about finding the impostor Babs Bryant at the American Embassy, he mentions about the name being quite common in York - he then makes an indirect reference to The Avengers - he says something along the lines of "a TV series comes on and suddenly, everybody gets called Emma" - a reference to Emma Peel from The Avengers. Both Thriller and The Avengers were created by Brian Clemens. See more »


After being shot and presumably killed, one of the victims is laying in a chair, obviously breathing. See more »

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Rather good, certainly different.
7 June 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

No episode of Thriller captures the 70's more so then Good Salary, Prospects, Free Coffin, it is very much Man from Uncle ground, bit of espionage, strange houses, undercover agents, cover ups and of course Mr Big. Watching it now the biggest shock of all is the possibility that someone can phone up regarding a Job, have an interview and get it there and then, admittedly what follows isn't particularly pleasant, but talk about a different time.

Lots of good points, a cunning story, and although it's not one of my favourites, it's memorable, and left its mark. Some very strong performances, particularly Julian Glover, who always plays villainous characters with such vigour, this was a few years before he appeared in Doctor Who's City of Death.

Some of the story doesn't really make sense, I couldn't quite get why these women were put in place, judging by Carter's accent I assume it was a Cold War infiltration. The start is excellent, baffling, curious, but it just doesn't carry on til the end in the same way. How did the brother gain entry to that establishment so easily?

Pretty good. 7/10

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