The episode opens with what purports to be a masonic ceremony as the camera pans down from a square and compasses in stained glass; curiously designed to incorporate a rose and daggar. After a candidate dies during his "exhaltation" into the "Noble Arch of Jerusalem" degree, Jim Bergerac, who has a low opinion of grown men rolling up their pant legs, is told that one doesn't join the local lodge, "Hope and Charity", but must be invited. Principal characters, Superintendent Barney Crozier (Sean Arnold) and Bergerac's one-time father-in-law, Charlie Hungerford are shown to be lodge members. Other members of the lodge, and another lodge in London, are shown to be taking advantage of a charity scheme to line their own pockets and build their own private hospital. The depiction of ritual and regalia is standard fiction.
Bergerac (1981-1991) "Poison", Season 5, episode 8. Directed by Robert Tronson, written by John Fletcher, created by Robert Banks Stewart. John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Alfred Burke, Louise Jameson, Sean Arnold, Bernard Archard, Philip Bond, Bruce Gordon, Geoffrey Leesley, Jolyon Baker, Nancy Mansfield, Philip Anthony, Peter Tuddenham, Ken Oxman. UK, Australia, English, 21 February 1987 (UK), 50 min, Colour.