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. 2016 marks the Twentieth Anniversary!

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Latest Stiffs: 7th December 2016 by The Man in Black
[Picture of Ronnie Barker and Peter Vaughan]

"So, Fletcher, what's the Afterlife like, Long stretch?"

Vaughan's Game of Bones

Celebrated character actor Peter Vaughan has died. Vaughan had a long career playing character parts on film and TV but is best recognised for his role as the Mr Big of Slade prison, "Genial" Harry Grout in Clement & La Frenais' classic 1970s prison-set BBC sitcom 'Porridge', despite making only a handful of appearances. He also played the uptight prospective father-in-law to indolent socialist Wolfie in 'Citizen Smith', written by another sitcom maestro, John Sullivan. In later years, Vaughan was nominated for a BAFTA for the acclaimed drama'Our Friends in the North' before finding a new audience well into his eighties as the blind Maester Aemon in HBO's hit series 'Game of Thrones'. Vaughan was 93 and a hit for 9 teams. As Grouty once said, "There'll be something in your Christmas stocking, Fletch..."

[Scorecard] [Points] (9 teams) = 5pts

Que ta-ra, ta-ra for Manuel

Another sitcom legend has also bitten the dust. Germany-born Andrew Sachs found fame in the 1970s as the well-meaning but incompetent Spanish waiter Manuel in another classic sitcom 'Fawlty Towers'. John Cleese of course was the star of the show but Sachs was, to use an American term, the "breakout" star, often making TV appearances in character as well as releasing several novelty singles. Sachs then settled down to a career of character parts and voice over work for a string of documentaries. We'll draw a discreet veil over the embarrassing antics of Messers Ross and Brand at Sach's expense. Sachs died from dementia aged 86. He was a hit for three teams including The Man in Black's own flailing stab at the Theme Team League title. I know nothing...

[Scorecard] [Points] (3 teams) = 6pts

Green Hornet stung

Van Williams hit the big time in the 1960s as the radio & comic book hero 'The Green Hornet'. But he was to find himself overshadowed by his co-star Bruce Lee, who went on to greater fame. The pair would also appear in the cult series 'Batman'. Williams died aged 82 and was a unique hit for theme team Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.
Lady Moyra Browne was a leading British health administrator. She was Vice-President of the Royal College of Nursing from 1970-85 and later Superintendent-in-Chief of St. John Ambulance. She died aged 98.
This announcement from The Times meand a unique hit for theme team Lady’s in Waiting.
The Sammy Lee that has died is not the chunky former Liverpool FC midfielder but instead a Korean-American diver who won consecutive Olympic 10m platform diving titles in 1948 and 1952, becoming the first Asian-American to win gold. He was later a mentor to another US diving great, Greg Louganis. Lee was 96 and a unique hit hit for TOETAG4U.

[Scorecard] (Williams) [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Browne) [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Lee) [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Luis Alberto Monge, Sarah Swindells

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Margaret Rhodes, Grant Tinker

Player of the Month - November

Worm Farmer - 18 points

Latest News

Pelé leads the tributes after the tragic Chapecoense aircrash in Columbia...
The Theme Team League is updated for December with Shameless poised to win the title...

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Derby Dead Pool is hosted by The Man In Black with contributions from Big-Iain, Rude Kid, Siegfried Baboon, Octopus of Odstock, WEP 2.0 - World's Eternity Prophet Reloaded, The Grey Horde, Thomas Jefferson Survives, Bibliogryphon, David Quantick's Showbiz Pals, Dickie's Gone the Way of the Dinosaurs & The End Of The World As We Know It

[DDP 2016]
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
(98 points, 10 hits)

A brief history of dead pools
DDP stats & facts
DDP Archive
Previous winners
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
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