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TEAM SPIRIT
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Tuesday 25th March 2008 09:30-09:45am; rpt Tuesday 19th August 2008 15:45-16:00

In this five-part series, Claudia Hammond looks at the psychology of team dynamics. By visiting groups around the country and talking to leading academics, she'll find out what makes successful teams tick.

Presenter Claudia Hammond dancing with a group of Morris Men. dancing.
Claudia struts her stuff with the Jockey Morris Men in Birmingham.
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Programme 2 – Morris Men

Claudia joins 'Big Gary', 'Shoulders' and 'Fiddler' – all members of the Jockey Morris Team from Birmingham.

They are preparing for Plough Day, one of the biggest dates in the Morris dancing calendar. It’s when they drag an old farming plough around the city to bring prosperity and good luck for the new year.

Prof Dominic Abrams, a group psychologist from the University of Kent, studies the team dynamics of this band of 25 men, aged 18-80.

How do they use uniforms and nicknames to develop a strong group identity?

And how do they cope with the inevitable mickey-taking that they experience as a team?

Prog 1 - Air Ambulance team (Tues 11 March)
Prog 3 - Antarctic team (Tues 1 April)
Prog 4 – Girls' football team (Tues 8 April)
Prog 5 - Backstage team (Tues 15 April)

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