What can TV teach L&D? Ep. 4 – Spiral

Here is a transcript of Ep.4 – Spiral.

Hi everyone, my name’s Tom Hickmore and in this episode of “What can TV teach L&D?” I’m looking at Spiral, (Engrenages).

I make drama for learning, so I’m taking popular TV drama and looking at it with an analytical eye, asking “What can we learn from this that we can be applied in the field of learning and development?”

Spiral is a French crime drama that centres on a single investigative unit in the Paris murder squad.  Police dramas relate to learning and development drama because much of the drama comes from a conflict between passion and duty.  The very word ‘passion’ seems incongruous in L&D, but we could just call it ‘emotion’.  Drama in L&D is usually about handling our emotions at work.  For example, when we need to manage someone difficult, or get along with someone who’s got different outlook to our own.  Or maybe it’s about the difficulty of following rules when they seem counterintuitive.  A drama scene gives us licence to discuss such topics by creating a safe space. 

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