In the original Inspector Morse television series (1987-2000) the titular character displayed a thinly veiled disdain for Freemasonry but neither Freemasonry nor individual Freemasons are ever implicated in any crimes. Echoing the anti-masonic theme of the previous episode of this prequel, "Trove", a completely irrelevant spin is given in the penultimate scene of this episode by having an unidentified, gloved figure take a ring from the police evidence desk and open a hidden compartment to display a masonic square and compasses. Although the ring had been used earlier to visually link a nineteenth century adulterous tea merchant with the contemporary murderer, the introduction of the masonic emblem is gratuitous and the black-gloved figure tampering with the evidence even more so. [01:27:00]
Endeavour, "Nocturne" Season 2, Episode 2 (6 Apr. 2014). Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, written by Russell Lewis, Colin Dexter (characters). Jack Laskey, Shaun Evans, Susy Kane, Imogen Gurney, Nell Tiger Free, Anya Taylor-Joy, Eve Perry, Maya Gerber, Lucy Boynton, Emily Warren, Michael Shannon, Lynn Farleigh, Daniel Ings, Sara Vickers, Roger Allam. UK, English, Colour.