The Atwood Stories
|The Atwood Stories|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||approx. 0:30 (per episode)|
|Original release||February 20 – March 27, 2003|
The Atwood Stories was a Canadian television drama series, which aired on W in 2003. A short-run dramatic anthology series produced by Shaftesbury Films, the series dramatized six short stories by Margaret Atwood. It was one of the first original Canadian drama series ever commissioned by the network.
|Episode Number||Title||Original airdate||Production code|
|1||"Polarities"||February 20, 2003||1-01|
|A young American in his early 30s (David Sutcliffe) takes a teaching job at a Canadian university, and enters a relationship with a female graduate student (Michèle-Barbara Pelletier). Screenplay by Lori Spring.|
|2||"Betty"||February 27, 2003||1-02|
|Eight-year-old Alice (Megan Diamond) and her older sister (Samantha Kreger) observe the marital breakdown of their neighbours Betty (Sharon Bajer) and Fred (Jonathan Scarfe). Screenplay by Lori Spring.|
|3||"The Man from Mars"||March 6, 2003||1-03|
|A lonely, overweight young girl, Christine (Emily Hampshire) finds a new sense of herself when she meets an Asian exchange student (Jovanni Sy). Also stars Sonja Smits as Christine's mother. Screenplay by Lynne Stopkewich and Doug Taylor.|
|4||"Death by Landscape"||March 13, 2003||1-04|
|A landscape painting causes sixty-five-year-old Lois (Roberta Maxwell) to reminisce about the mysterious disappearance of her childhood friend Lucy (Courtney-Jane White) while they are together at a summer camp. Screenplay by Jason Sherman.|
|5||"Isis in Darkness"||March 20, 2003||1-05|
|Aspiring writer Richard (Christian Campbell) is entranced by Selena (Brigitte Bako), an exotic and mysterious young poet he meets in a bohemian Yorkville café. Screenplay by David Young.|
|6||"The Sunrise"||March 27, 2003||1-06|
|A reclusive painter (Rebecca Jenkins) finds her life transformed when she meets a young man (Tygh Runyan) who threatens to upset her tidy, ordered life. Screenplay by Francine Zuckerman and Chris Philpott.|
- "Atwood at large". The Globe and Mail, February 15, 2003.
- "W Network to air anthology of Margaret Atwood stories". North Bay Nugget, February 19, 2003.
- "Dramatized Atwood stories a big splash for W Network". Ottawa Citizen, February 20, 2003.
- "Dark horses and front-runners in competition for 2003 Geminis". Guelph Mercury, October 17, 2003.
- "Shields and Atwood on TV? What took so long?". The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2004.