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Marcel Stellman: Countdown creator dies aged 96 – BBC News

Marcel Stellman, who has died aged 96, was also a record producer and lyricist.

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Marcel Stellman, creator of Channel 4’s long-running gameshow Countdown, has died at the age of 96.
Belgian-born Stellman was also a record producer and lyricist who wrote songs for stars including Cilla Black, Charles Aznavour and The Shadows.
Among his best-known tracks was the Max Bygraves hit Tulips From Amsterdam, released in 1958.
Countdown was Channel 4’s first show at its 1982 launch and has become…

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