CREATOR OF THE TV QUIZ ‘Countdown’, Marcel Stellman dies at the age of 96
Marcel Stellman, the creator of Channel 4’s popular ‘Countdown’ daytime quiz, died today, Monday 3, at the age of 96, confirmed on Twitter by his nephew Mark, saying: “It’s with our deepest sorrow that we share the news of death with you. of our beloved uncle – Marcel Stellman, 96, who passed away late last night. Marcel is survived by his beloved wife Jean ”.
Carol Vorderman wrote: “I’m so sorry to hear this new Mark… .x. Marcel, Jeanie and I spent so many good decades together, paving the way for Countdown in the early days and working hard together to make it the juggernaut that it has become. Happy Days. A beautiful life well lived ”.
Stellman was originally from Belgium and wrote songs for Tony Bennett, Petula Clark and The Shadows, as a record producer and lyricist, as well as working with the BBC in the 1940s and 1950s, later working on a popular children’s show ‘Pinky and Perky’.
Its legacy will be Countdown, which is one of the oldest televised trivia games in the world, starting in Yorkshire, with enigmatic host Richard Whiteley, before being captured in 1982 by the new Channel 4, which has brought Carol Vorderman’s brainbox to the public’s attention.
Countdown had originally aired on French television, where it was called ‘Chiffres et des Lettres’, before Stellman had the foresight to bring the show to Britain, where she has since racked up 82 seasons. and 7,000 episodes, including French. version, as indicated by mirror.co.uk.
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