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Angela Culme-Seymour, Kazimierz Smolen, Nigel Doughty, Don Cornelius, Antoni Tapies

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 10 February 2012

Matthew Bannister on

The socialite Angela Culme-Seymour who married a series of aristocrats and had a string of affairs in artistic and literary circles..

Kazimierz Smolen, the former Auschwitz inmate who became director of the camp museum and lived there for thirty-five years..

Nigel Doughty the wealthy private equity investor who ploughed millions into Nottingham Forest Football Club. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke pays tribute.

Spanish artist Antoni Tapies who was one of the pioneers of European abstract art

And Don Cornelius whose American TV show "Soul Train" brought black music and culture into the mainstream. We hear from producer and musician Nile Rodgers.


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    Dazzling personality of smart society who has died aged 99

    Angela Culme-Seymour was a socialite who became notorious for her series of marriages to aristocratic men – and the string of affairs she had in artistic and literary circles. Her final marriage was to the Turkish philosopher Ali Bulent Rauf, who established a school of esoteric education in a grand house in the Scottish borders where Angela lived until her death.

    Matthew spoke to her son Mark and to the social historian Juliet Gardiner.

    Born 3 August 1912 and died 22 January 2012.


    Auschwitz survivor and museum director who has died aged 91

    Kazimierz Smolen was the former inmate of the concentration camp at Auschwitz who became the Director of the museum that was set up at the camp. When the Nazis invaded, he joined the resistance, but was arrested and sent to the newly established work camp at Auschwitz. For thirty five years he lived at Auschwitz, leading the preservation of the site and developing an exhibition which attracts visitors from all over the world.

    Matthew spoke to Professor David Cesarani, an expert on the history of the Holocaust and to his colleague at the Auschwitz Museum, Alicja Bia?ecka.
    Born 19 April 1920 and died 27 January 2012.


    Venture capitalist who has died aged 54

    Nigel Doughty was the successful private equity investor who spent his wealth on the Labour Party and Nottingham Forest Football club. He was born in Newark on Trent, just outside Nottingham. His career began at Standard Chartered Bank, but by the end of the 1980s he had teamed up with Dick Hanson to start his own investment firm, Doughty Hanson.

    Matthew spoke to Mark Florman who is the Chief Executive of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and to Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, who is the local MP and a keen supporter of Nottingham Forest.

    Born 10 June 1957 and died 4 February 2012.


    Catalan artist who has died aged 88

    Antoni Tapies was a Catalan artist known for his use of unconventional materials. He worked in a diverse range of styles – making sculpture in terracotta and bronze, mixing paint with sand and dust to create dense wall-like pieces and even using an overturned hospital bed as part of a response to the war in the former Yugoslavia.

    Matthew spoke to art historian Christopher Masters and to art dealer Leslie Waddington
    Born 13 December 1923 and died 6 February 2012.


    Television producer and presenter who has died aged 75

    Don Cornelius was the man behind the influential American TV programme Soul Train. As both producer and host of the show, Don was responsible for bringing black music and culture into the mainstream of the American media. He hosted the show for more than twenty years, giving exposure to stars like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The O’Jays and Barry White.

    Matthew spoke to Nile Rodgers, the influential producer and creative force behind the band Chic, and to Mark Anthony Neal who is a Professor of black popular culture at Duke University.
    Born 27 September 1936 and died 1 February 2012.



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