Recaps1x7: The Hold Out recap
: Community cops cope with contemporary social problems in Sidestreet, a series of eight, full-hour film dramas shown Sundays at 9 p.m. on the CBC television network starting September 14. In the premiere episode by Tony Sheer, titled The Hold Out, Inspector Alec Woodward (Sean McCann) and Sergeant Johnny Dias(Stephen Markle) of Metro Toronto's community services police division are faced with the unscrupulous tactics of a land developer trying to oust a widow from her home. The woman, played superbly by Ruth Springford, is the last hold-out preventing
the developer (who never appears personally on the scene but has a ruthless agent and a shady rent collector do his dirty work) from demolishing a group of old houses and erecting a highly profitable new development. The block-busting tactics targeted at the defiant widow - "My husband died in this house, and so will I..."'- are brought to the attention of
Woodward and Dias who attempt to put a stop to the harassment. Despite the best efforts of
the two police officers, the attacks increase in ferocity and the courageous hold-out winds up in hospital. A sub-plot neatly woven through the story involves a young Pakistani couple befriended by the widow. Their illegal status in Canada is known to the developer's conniving rent collector(played by Jon Granik) who uses this information to collect blackmail payments in addition to the rent. Larry Reynolds turns in a first-rate supporting performance as a former top reporter fallen on evil days. The ex-journalist, now a, confirmed wino and superintendent of a slum rooming-house, witnesses an attack on the hold-out but is reluctant to come forward with testimony identifying the assailants. The Hold-out, like all Sidestreet episodes, was filmed both in studio and on location throughout Metro Toronto, adding an extra degree of authenticity to the tightly written and performed teleplays. The Hold-out includes a terrifying realistic fire sequence when one of the slum buildings is accidentally raised and Woodward and Dias risk their lives attempting to rescue the unfortunate tenants. The community-cop heroes of the eight full-hour
CBC-TV drama series aren't super cops. As viewers will discover, sometimes 'Mr. Big'
eludes their best efforts. But Woodward and Dias will provide Canadian viewers taughtly-drawn portrayals of dedicated officers investigating such real-life social problems as rape, loansharking and organized juvenile, crime. And, a note 'to those viewers' "weary" of explicit' scenes of gore, brutality and mayhem on their screens there'll be NO 'violence for the sake of violence' on Sidestreet. Sidestreet is put together
by CBC-TV's drama department, headed by John Hirsch. Executive producer is John Ross and producer is Brain Walker. Richard Gilbert directed the episode entitled Hold-out... read more.