The Negotiators - S1E1: Pirate Hijack
Negotiations are part of everyday life. From haggling at the market, asking for a pay raise, to navigating relationship issues, we do it all the time. But there are a few exceptional people who are trained in the art of negotiation - when the stakes are high. What secrets can the men and women who negotiate under the most extreme circumstances reveal?
Across four episodes, we meet negotiators who can talk down people armed with explosives, bargain with ruthless Somali pirates, deal with rebels who have stormed an embassy, and confront a notorious criminal threatening to kill a family of five. We get into the minds of the mediators involved in these life-and-death situations to understand what it takes to navigate a crisis, where one wrong move could prove deadly.
Each episode reconstructs the hostage crisis, retracing the thought processes of master negotiators as they buy time, build rapport and weigh their options as tensions escalate and nerves unravel.