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Inside the Freemasons

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Episode 1: Inside the Freemasons

Summary

Documentary about the fraternal society, with cameras entering the United Grand Lodge of England for the first time to reveal what goes on behind closed doors. The first edition follows 40-year-old Bedfordshire farmer James Wootton as he prepares for a secret initiation ritual, while Worshipful Brother Anthony Henderson is getting ready for the ceremony that will elevate him to the highest rank in his county.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sky1 isn’t known for its behind-closed-doors series, but this is a beautifully worked piece of observational TV. It’s one of those programmes that really does have the thing that press blurbs always claim – “unprecedented access” – in this case to the wood-panelled rooms and odd rituals of Freemasons.

Masons may, underneath it all, be a sinister cabal of insiders rolling up their trouser legs to rule Britain in secret but if so, they do a [italics] very [italics] good impression in this series of being nothing of the kind – more a club where pleasantly grey businessmen mingle and dress up.

In one good scene, Tony – a regional business manager and top mason in Nottingham – shows us the model racing cars he keeps in his loft, all pristine in their boxes. Somehow, it speaks volumes.

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  • Episode 1

    Inside the Freemasons

    Summary

    Documentary about the fraternal society, with cameras entering the United Grand Lodge of England for the first time to reveal what goes on behind closed doors. The first edition follows 40-year-old Bedfordshire farmer James Wootton as he prepares for a secret initiation ritual, while Worshipful Brother Anthony Henderson is getting ready for the ceremony that will elevate him to the highest rank in his county.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Sky1 isn’t known for its behind-closed-doors series, but this is a beautifully worked piece of observational TV. It’s one of those programmes that really does have the thing that press blurbs always claim – “unprecedented access” – in this case to the wood-panelled rooms and odd rituals of Freemasons.

    Masons may, underneath it all, be a sinister cabal of insiders rolling up their trouser legs to rule Britain in secret but if so, they do a [italics] very [italics] good impression in this series of being nothing of the kind – more a club where pleasantly grey businessmen mingle and dress up.

    In one good scene, Tony – a regional business manager and top mason in Nottingham – shows us the model racing cars he keeps in his loft, all pristine in their boxes. Somehow, it speaks volumes.

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