Derby Dead Pool

The online competition to guess which famous people won't make it to the end of the current year. If they're elderly, ill, or just live a high-risk lifestyle, stick 'em in your team, and for each one whose death you correctly predict, you'll score points. DDP was dreamt up in Derby, England (hence the name...) by Big-Iain back in 1996, then was run from 2003 to 2007 by Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid. From 2008 to 2009, it was run by Octopus of Odstock, and from 2010 The Man in Black...

Latest Stiffs: 16th November 2015 by The Man in Black
[Picture of Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett]

The Scarse git has the last laugh on Alf...

Till Death Alf Does Part...

The great British characer actor Warren Mitchell has died. Mitchell had a long and varied career, appearing in the likes of 'Hancock's Half Hour' and the Carry On films as well as a multitide of straight and comic roles on stage, film and TV. But one cannot ignore his most famous part, that of the working-class bigot Alf Garnett in the classic (and controversial) TV sitcom 'Till Death Us Do Part', which ran from 1966 to 1975 and produced two spin-off movies and a sequel series in the 1980s. It made Mitchell a household name, albeit often making an ambivalent impression on the audience which his egregious creation. The left-wing Jewish actor inbued the right-wing cockney racist with such authenticity he was often mistaken by some of the British public for holding similar opinions, ones he was quick to refute. It's testimony to Mitchell's skills as an actor that he was never typecast despite being associated with such an iconoclastic character. Mitchell aged 89. and was a hit for 10 teams.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (10 teams) = 6pts

The Man Who Would Be Dead

Another great character actor has also exited stage left. Saeed Jaffery became one of the most recognisable Indian actors in Britain with a series of memorable roles on film and TV such as Michael Caine and Sean Connery's droll Gurkha factotum Billy Fish in 1975's 'The Man Who Would Be King' and in India-set epics 'Gandhi' and 'A Passage to India'. He also has a parallel career in Bollywood and was one of the scene's most respected actors. Jaffrey aged 86 and was a unique hit for Last Gasp Saloon.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts

No more Payne for Cynthia

Cynthia Payne gained considerable notoriety in 1980 when on trial for running an exclusive brothel with some notable clientele. She later became the subject of not one but two films released in 1987: 'Personal Services', starring Julie Walters and directed by Terry Jones and 'Wish You Were Here', which was based on her young life. She made the most of her 15 minutes, even standing for Parliament. Payne also has a rather curious DDP record, that of the longest gap between nominations - 11 years between 2003 and 2014! Payne died aged 82 and is a unique hit for theme team Death At The Movies.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts

Schmidt's stubbed out

Helmut Schmidt was Chancellor of West Germany from 1974-1982. The chain-smoking Schmidt took over from the popular Willy Brandt in the wake of the Stasi scandal (when a key aide was revealed as an East German agent) and steered the burgeoning West German economy through the choppy waters of the 1970s. He was a key mover in the development of the EMS, which would lead ultimately to the adoption of the Euro. He won federal elections in 1976 and 1980 and took on the left-wing terrorist organisation the Red Army Faction. Schmidt was forced out of office in 1982, when his liberal partners in the coaltion, the FDP, split from the SPD to form an alliance with the centre-right Christian Democrats, lead by Helmut Kohl. Schmidt died aged 96 ironically a couple of months after he finally quit smoking! 26 teams benefit including 2004 winners who get a 7th hit.
One less "Phil Taylor" for the Man in Black to worry about during nomination time is Motörhead drummer "Philthy" Phil Taylor who has died. Taylor joined the thrash metal legends in 1975, with the band enjoying hits such as 'Ace of Spades' and the classic live album 'No Sleep 'til Hammersmith', released in 1981. Taylor left the band in 1984 before rejoining for another stint on the skins in 1987. Taylor was 61 and a unique hit for Grobler's Stiff Ones.
Pat Eddery was one of flat racings most successful ever jockeys. He won over 4,600 races - only the legendary Gordon Richards won more - and secured victories in the classics including three Derbys and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1986, riding Dancing Brave. Eddery retired after a 36 year career in 2003 but in a rather sad retirement has reportedly succumbed to alcholism aged just 63, a unique hit for I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

[Scorecard] (Schmidt) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (26 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Taylor) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 11pts
[Scorecard] (Eddery) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 11pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Player of the Month - October, Death Stinks and P@F Deathlist - 15 points

Latest News

Corrie legend Liz Dawn is to appear in rival soap 'Emmerdale'. Meanwhile Diego Maradona has a second operation to fit a gasttic band...
The Theme Team League is updated for October with Red-Flagged still in the lead.

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[DDP 2015]
This Year
Who's dead so far?
List of the Lost
List of the Missed
A to Z list of teams
A to Z list of celebrities
Drop Forty
Theme Team League
Last Year
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
(108 points, 11 hits)

A brief history of dead pools
DDP stats & facts
DDP Archive
Previous winners
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
The Living End
The Living End
Octopus of Odstock
Tonight, Matthew, I'm Going To Be Badly-Torn Boy
The Living End
Meet Your Maker
Meet Your Maker
Fallen Sparrow
Otis, You Want A Treat?
Whittaker's Choice
MT Graves
Nick J
Nick J