In the early 1960s, a jigsaw puzzle caused a sensation in America.

It was based on an abstract expressionist painting by the artist Jackson Pollock.

His explosive drip paintings had divided Americans into bemusement and outrage - he was a genius or a charlatan.

But the jigsaw was even more challenging than the original: it was proclaimed The World's Most Difficult Puzzle.

Alan Dein pieces together this bizarre story.

Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 20040327
  • First repeated 20040823