Inspector Morse (1990)
Inspector Morse, played by John Thorpe, has always had an ill-concealed disdain for Freemasonry and what he believes to be its influence on the Metro London police force. In this episode three unrelated story arcs all have a masonic theme: a psychotic killer frames Morse for a murder and uses masonic imagery to vandalize his car; several police officers, including Morse's supervisor, the investigating officer and a traffic officer, are all freemasons; and an amateur production of Mozarts "Magic Flute", in which Morse was to perform, highlights its masonic influence.
A BFS Video DVD release (2006) includes trivia notes : "Although the origins of Freemasonry are not clear, there are two popular beliefs. According to one, the stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals had a lodge where they developed a series of secret signs and words to demonstrate that they were trained masons and would be recognized as such wherever they worked. In the 1600s, these lodges gradually began accepting "gentlemen masons". The other theory proposes that in the late 1500s, there was a group of men who were interested in the promotion of religious and political tolerance, In forming Freemasonry, they were trying to make good men better men and thus, create a better world."
The original shooting script, 'Masonic Mysteries, an Episode of the British Television Series, Inspector Morse' was published by Zenith Productions Ltd (est. 1984) on January 29, 1990 in London.
Inspector Morse "Masonic Mysteries" January 24, 1990 (Series 4, episode 15). Producer: David Lascelles, Director: Danny Boyle, Writer: Julian Mitchell. Carlton/Central Televisions series starring John Edward Thaw (3 January 1942 - 21 February 2002) as Chief Inspector Endeavor Morse and Kevin Whately as Detective Sergeant Robert Lewis, Inspector Bottomle as Richard Kane and James Grout as Chief Superintendent Strange.