Stuart Wood was the Series 44 champion.
He was a 36-year old meat factory worker from Buckpool near Buckie, Banffshire in Scotland. He first appeared on Countdown on 20 March 2001, beating Neil Sparham 44 – 35 in the 61st heat of Series 44. He won a further 6 games before losing to John Rainsden.
Stuart's 7 wins were enough to earn him a place in the finals as #3 seed, and in the quarter-final and semi-final he defeated David Roe and Tim Robinson respectively to earn a place in the final against John Rainsden, the same man who had denied him his eighth victory. This time, victory was to be Stuart's, as he unscrambled the crucial conundrum LANCASTER in 8.5 seconds to win 59 – 48 and become the 44th champion of Countdown. Stuart was invited back for Championship of Champions XI, but had to pull out prior to recording due to illness and was replaced by John Rainsden.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2972||20/03/2001||P||Neil Sparham||35 – 44||Stuart Wood||Tom O'Connor||Gillian Evans||73|
|2973||21/03/2001||P||Stuart Wood||48 – 44||Debbie Perry||Tom O'Connor||Gillian Evans||84|
|2974||22/03/2001||P||Stuart Wood||51 – 46||Ellen Bartlett||Tom O'Connor||Gillian Evans||73|
|2975||23/03/2001||P||Stuart Wood||72 – 39||John Davies||Tom O'Connor||Gillian Evans||85|
|2976||26/03/2001||P||Stuart Wood||49 – 43||David Thornley||Tom O'Connor||Gillian Evans||71|
|2977||27/03/2001||P||Stuart Wood||54 – 48||Terence Connolly||Tom O'Connor||Gillian Evans||74|
|2978||28/03/2001||P||Stuart Wood||45 – 34||Jayanti Bailur||Tim Rice||Gillian Evans||72|
|2979||29/03/2001||P||Stuart Wood||38 – 52||John Rainsden||Tim Rice||Gillian Evans||72|
|3038||25/06/2001||QF||Stuart Wood||60 – 36||David Roe||Martin Jarvis||Damian Eadie||73|
|3041||28/06/2001||SF||Tim Robinson||36 – 49||Stuart Wood||Stephen Fry||Damian Eadie||82|
|3042||29/06/2001||GF||John Rainsden||48 – 59||Stuart Wood||Stephen Fry||Damian Eadie||127|