Marcel Stellman (1925-2021) was a Belgian record executive who brought the format of French show Des chiffres et des lettres to Britain, where it ultimately became Countdown. He also wrote a number of famous songs, including the lyrics to Tulips from Amsterdam, and film numbers, including I Will Live My Life for You from Ghosts of Mississippi.
He appeared on the celebration programmes for Countdown's 2000th episode in 1997, 3000th episode in 2001 and 5000th episode in 2010. He also presented the trophy at the end of the 30th Birthday Championship in 2013.
He passed away on 2 May 2021. The episode broadcast on 4 May 2021 was dedicated to him.