The Shields Stories

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The Shields Stories
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 6
Running time approx. 0:30 (per episode)
Production company(s) Shaftesbury Films
Original network W
Original release March 9 – April 13, 2004

The Shields Stories was a Canadian television drama series, which aired on W in 2004. A short-run dramatic anthology series produced by Shaftesbury Films, the series dramatized six short stories by Carol Shields.

The series was a sequel of sorts to Shaftesbury's prior The Atwood Stories, which dramatized six short stories by another Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood.


Episode Number Title Original airdate Production code
1 "Hazel" March 9, 2004 (2004-03-09) 1-01
Hazel (Sheila McCarthy), a newly widowed housewife still haunted by visions of her dead husband (Peter Keleghan), finds new meaning in life when she takes a job selling kitchen gadgets. Screenplay by David Young.
2 "A Wood" March 16, 2004 (2004-03-16) 1-02
Following the death of their father, musician Elke Wood (Jayne Collins) prepares for an important recital while her brothers Ross (Patrick McKenna) and Stanley (Mark Ellis) argue over how to protect her emotionally. Screenplay by Lori Spring.
3 "Windows" March 23, 2004 (2004-03-23) 1-03
Married artists MJ (Aidan Devine) and Anne (Kate Greenhouse) find their art and their relationship tested when a government bureaucrat forces them to cover the windows in their house. Screenplay by Lynne Stopkewich.
4 "Various Miracles" March 30, 2004 (2004-03-30) 1-04
Camilla (Sara Botsford), a successful writer, encounters intriguing little synchronicities as she tries to sell her latest novel. Screenplay by Esta Spalding.
5 "The Harp" April 6, 2004 (2004-04-06) 1-05
Already having pretty much the worst day of her life, Tracey (Robin Brûlé) confronts the irony in life when she gets knocked down on the street by a musician throwing a harp out his window. Screenplay by Sarah Polley.
6 "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls, Dolls" April 13, 2004 (2004-04-13) 1-06
When her husband dismisses her doll collection as a childish pastime, Emmy (Torri Higginson) reminisces about the childhood experience that made her dolls so important to her. Screenplay by Lori Spring.

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