Critical Praise for Kaldor City: Hidden Persuaders
"Escapist it ain't. Hidden
Persuaders has 22
voices, some very familiar names... Regulars Russell Hunter and Paul
Darrow are served well as ever. Kaldor
building into a detailed and interesting dystopia. Each play has given
up storm mines of information, where the fuller picture seems to be as
thought-out and considered as the plot in hand. As dark as Kaldor is, I
find myself interested to know what's next."
--Vanessa Bishop, Doctor Who Magazine
benefits from a growing confidence in the production team, with the
various plot elements interweaving with each other brilliantly to form
a superb piece of drama. Basing a series around corrupt and/or amoral
individuals is a risky business as the lack of conventional heroes can
sometimes alienate the audience. Anti-heroes must be charismatic and
full of conviction in both the way they are written and performed to
function successfully, and in this respect the Kaldor
audios achieve this superbly with their three distinct leads."
--Simon Catlow, Shockeye's Kitchen
"The script, by Jim Smith and professional anthropologist Dr Fiona
Moore, has a troubling real-life resonance regarding the political
manipulation of public fears about terrorism. But Uvanov’s
own machinations blow up in his face, just as the West’s
supply of weapons to corrupt regimes in the past now poses a threat to
Western nations. Once again, the Magic Bullet team have provided us
with an intriguing and intelligent tale. ['Hidden Persuaders'] sows
plenty of seeds for intriguing future developments, including a
character who might just prove to be Iago’s equal."
--Richard McGinlay, Sci-Fi Online
"This seemed like the most straightforward of the Kaldor
far.... At the same time, I like the way the impression
of simplicity is so deceptive, as the overall story is tangling nicely.
The seam of black comedy that's running
through the audio gives the whole series an edge and a very distinctive
"Just wanted to offer you a round of applause for 'Hidden Persuaders'!
I bought a copy and it is very well-done all around-- the equal of the
first CD, if not better! "
"This latest addition to the Kaldor City series well and truly lives up
to the high standards set by Occam's
Razor and Death's
Head, with the superb acting and
production that fans of the
series are fast coming to expect as par for the course. The dangerous
Iago, played with customary flair by Paul Darrow, supplies the usual
helping of humour... and of course plenty of comic-strip violence.
Uvanov (Russell Hunter) and Landerchild (Peter Miles) continue their
fascinating psychopolitical jousting, Carnell (Scott Fredericks) is as
exquisitely irritating as ever, and Rull (Trevor Cooper) and Cotton
(Brian Croucher) provide a combination of plot teaser and light
--Sarah McEvoy, AVON
"Smith and Moore use the best techniques from current episodic
television to produce layered storytelling that balances humour, drama
and character. The intercutting of the plot strands dispels the
'stagey' feeling that many audio plays seem to be stuck with, and
ensures the attention doesn't waver. Characters and humour are, let's
face it, where Kaldor City
is at. 'Hidden
Persuaders' is another excellent release."
"The cast, as always, are excellent, with Russell Hunter really getting
a chance to shine as Firstmaster Chairholder Uvanov. Kaston Iago (Paul
Darrow) is not so much the central figure of the story as he was in the
series' initial offering Occam's
Razor, but never fear, he is
still a powerful presence, and
the shift in focus gives other actors, notably... David Bickerstaff (as
the splendidly unhinged terrorist Manzerak) a chance at the spotlight.
Of the new cast members, Nicholas Courtney and Jasmine Breaks form a
rather terrifying duo as members of the Kaldor City News Team, and
David Collings delivers a subtle performance as a rebel leader whom one
suspects has a prior connection with Uvanov. The story is set off
nicely by Alistair Lock's cinematic production style; I particularly
like the way in which he uses the background noises of the city to set
the mood of each scene, rather than relying on incidental music."
-Philip Davis, Celestial Toyroom