The 2004 art theft of the Scream

Guardian article collection recounting the robbery

Currently, I am exploring a treasure trove known as the BBC I Player website.  Enjoyable little website.  While there, I found an audio reenactment of the 2004 theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream and The Madonna, courtesy of the show Friday Drama.

The episode revolves around three POVs, the police who investigate the robbers, the robbers who go on the run, and a psychological profiler who works with another thief with experience in stealing Munch paintings.  At the same time, David Toska, a criminal with a reputation, commits a cash robbery.  These two events come together to show an elaborate plot created to stretch the Oslo police thin.

An engaging little drama?  Definitely.  The voice actors do a good job, although this Toska does come off as your run of the mill cool criminal found in a typical police procedural.  The characters do make some interesting conversation on art’s importance in society.  Along with reasons about why people steal art in the first place.  The story also drops some knowledge behind Munch’s art.  Other bits of dialogue did not always feel so natural.  Many times I went, “Who talks like this in real life?”  as robbers claim that they will commit “the crime of the century”.  The soundtrack stood out to me as I listened to the plot unfold.  The music ranged from minimalist tunes that resembled an alarm going off that acted as a transition between scenes to quick paced techno music used to heighten moods.  Sadly, this techno music with a singer vocalizing with the beat verged on irritating and distracted me from the plot.

I can’t say how accurate this drama stays to the real events, but it makes for an interesting little drama and nice to listen when one needs to waste some time.  The BBC takes it off after the twelfth of April, but it could put it back up again as a rerun in the future.

ETA: rewrote some sentences.

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