Francis Bacon revolutionized figurative painting in the 20th century. The English painter unmasked his subjects in a provocative and ruthless manner. Deformed bodies, grimacing faces, and the materiality of color make us aware of the brutality and sexuality, existential abysses, and the fears of extistence. Works like the portrait "Pope Innocent X" from Velazquez inspired him just as much as Eisenstein's epic film "The Battleship Potemkin" for his famous motif, the Scream. Author Melvyn Bragg accompanies the painter throughout his day. This begins in his London atellier, leads us on to his favorite pub, and ends up in a gambling club in Soho.