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Near Miss on Railway Line
As a train approaches a station late at night, an anonymous figure runs across the tracks. The figure is barely visible until the train draws closer. Seconds away from impact, the figure struggles to climb on to the safety of the platform. The station appears deserted except for the mysterious figure, and the incident is seen from the point of view of the train driver. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 6 April 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Pupils should develop a thriller narrative, rich in description, action and dialogue. Through paired discussion, pupils should establish a character profile for the mysterious figure, developing a narrative around the circumstances that led to his near miss on the tracks. Through discussion, they should develop their narrative to include a pursuit, of which this scene represents only part. Who is the mysterious character? Who is following him or her? Why? How does this scene end?
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