By Sue Prideaux, abridged by Polly Coles, read by Louis Hillyer.
Producer Clive Brill.Munch's early years were beset by poverty and tormented by the early deaths of his beloved mother and sister.
He came to believe that fear, sorrow and death would be his constant companions.
Munch gains his first major recognition after an exhibition in Berlin sends the German traditionalists wild with fury.
He begins work on his first major series of paintings that will culminate in The Scream.
Munch meets the heiress Tulla Larsen who is desperate to educate herself in art.
So begins a relentless cat and mouse game in which Tulla turns from captivating lover to relentless stalker.
Munch admits himself into a private clinic to try and deal with his chronic alcoholism.
But he also realises that he needs to be tormented by demons in order to paint his best work.
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In the last years of his life, Munch finds himself first denigrated by the invading Nazis, and then hailed as a hero.
Despite all protests, Munch's funeral arrangements are forcibly organised by the Third Reich.