The first episode of the Sky One documentary ‘Inside the Freemasons’ will air on the Monday 17th April at 8pm.
18th February 2017
The first episode of the Sky One documentary ‘Inside the Freemasons’ will air on the 17th April at 8pm.
The production looks at the Fraternity as one of the oldest social networking organisations in the world; a fraternal order that welcomes members regardless of their status, creed or political persuasion.
The team has had unique and unprecedented access to the Freemasons, and will pose the question, What do Freemasons do?
13th June 2016
Sky customers will be taken exclusively behind the scenes of the world’s oldest social network later this year with a new four-part documentary; Inside The Freemasons.
Coming to Sky 1 this winter, the documentary features the most in-depth look ever at the Freemasons in the run up to its 300th anniversary in 2017 and discovers the truth behind the ancient rituals and closely-guarded practices of this membership organisation.
With footage of Freemason ceremonies, never seen before on television, Inside The Freemasons uses unprecedented access to the United Grand Lodge of England and its Lodges all over the country to introduce viewers to members of the comradely order as it approaches its tercentenary next year.
Produced by Emporium Productions, Inside the Freemasons will discover what it really means to be a Freemason in 2016.
Viewers will learn the truth behind legends such as the regalia, the jewels, the handshakes and the symbolic working tools as they get to know Masons from all walks of life.
Siobhan Mulholland, Commissioning Editor, Sky Factual said: “With over 200,000 members across England and Wales, the Freemasons is a fascinating organisation that the general public don’t really know much about. We can’t wait to use this unique access to show Sky customers the real Freemasons as we look at little known history and traditions,determining myth from truth.”
Emma Read, executive producer for Emporium Productions, said: “We’re thrilled to have been given such unprecedented access to the hidden world of the Freemasons to make a documentary series.
Most people are familiar with Freemasons as an organisation, but few actually know who they are, what ‘Lodge life’ is really like and why men join in the 21st Century.”
John Hamill, Director, Special Projects at the United Grand Lodge of England, said, “As we approach our Tercentenary it is fitting that we mark this auspicious occasion by very openly sharing a look at who we are, what we do and what we stand for.
We hope the programme will help inform, educate and even surprise, providing a genuine insight and understanding into Freemasonry and Freemasons today.”
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About Emporium Productions
Emporium Productions was founded by Emma Read and Hat Trick in 2015. Emporium specialises in challenging and surprising factual programmes, with a focus on access-led documentaries with individuals and institutions. Projects contain original and exclusive angles and thought provoking factual formats working with the brightest talent. Recent titles include Nepal Quake: Terror On Everest a fast turnaround documentary for Smithsonian and Channel 4, Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons 4 x 60 documentary series for Channel 5, Murderers And Their Mothers 10 x 60 for CBS, and now Inside The Freemasons for Sky 1.
About the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE)
The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales (plus a number of districts overseas), formed in 1717 and has a membership of over 200,000. Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations, and its symbolic origin lies in stonemasonry.
Visit www.ugle.org.uk for further information.