The Atwood Stories

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The Atwood Stories
Country of originCanada
No. of episodes6
Running timeapprox. 0:30 (per episode)
Original networkW
Original releaseFebruary 20 –
March 27, 2003

The Atwood Stories was a Canadian television drama series, which aired on W in 2003.[1] A short-run dramatic anthology series produced by Shaftesbury Films, the series dramatized six short stories by Margaret Atwood.[2] It was one of the first original Canadian drama series ever commissioned by the network.[3]

The series was a Gemini Award nominee for Best Drama Series at the 18th Gemini Awards.[4]

The following year, Shaftesbury produced The Shields Stories, a similar series which dramatized six short stories by another Canadian writer, Carol Shields.[5]


# Title Director Writer Original air date Production code
1"Polarities"Lori SpringLori SpringFebruary 20, 2003 (2003-02-20)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).
2"Betty"Marni BanackLori SpringFebruary 27, 2003 (2003-02-27)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).
3"The Man from Mars"Lynne StopkewichLynne Stopkewich, Doug TaylorMarch 6, 2003 (2003-03-06)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.
4"Death by Landscape"Stacey Stewart CurtisJason ShermanMarch 13, 2003 (2003-03-13)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.
5"Isis in Darkness"Norma BaileyDavid YoungMarch 20, 2003 (2003-03-20)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.
6"The Sunrise"Francine ZuckermanFrancine Zuckerman, Chris PhilpottMarch 27, 2003 (2003-03-27)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.


  1. ^ "Atwood at large". The Globe and Mail, February 15, 2003.
  2. ^ "W Network to air anthology of Margaret Atwood stories". North Bay Nugget, February 19, 2003.
  3. ^ "Dramatized Atwood stories a big splash for W Network". Ottawa Citizen, February 20, 2003.
  4. ^ "Dark horses and front-runners in competition for 2003 Geminis". Guelph Mercury, October 17, 2003.
  5. ^ "Shields and Atwood on TV? What took so long?". The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2004.

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