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, but from 2010 onwards it's the turn of The Man in Black to run the DDP.

Latest Stiffs: 17th April 2014

Edna the inanimate woman

Easter is here so what eggs have been laid for us?
Veteran actress Edna Doré had a long career on stage, TV and film but only really emerged when she was in her dotage, winning praise and awards for her performce in Mike Leigh's 1988 film 'High Hopes'. For all that she's best known for playing Frank Butcher's mother, Mo in 'EastEnders' from 1988-90. She was 92.
Sociologist Richard Hoggart was a key witness in the 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' obscenity trial of 1960, when he was called on to verify the book's cultural importance. Hoggart specialised on culture in society and warned against excessive consumerism reducing entertainment to the lowest common denominator. He died aged 95. His son, Simon, a missed DDP pick, predeceased him in January.
Author Sue Townsend emerged from a modest Leicester upbringing to become the biggest-selling female novelist of the 1980s with her comic creation Adrian Mole, the neurotic teenager par excellance. She was also a prolific playwright. She died after a short illness aged 68, although she had been generally ill for some time. Former Trinidad & Tobago president A.N.R. Robinson made a small but significant contribution to justice when in 1989 he proposed that there should be an international court, ostensibly to deal with worldwide drug traffickers. This in turn led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court, which has dealt with more African dictators than you can shake a stick at. Robinson was 87.
Now for some more updates from March and yet another from January! Marc Platt was a ballet dancer, a member of the Russian ex-pat troupe Ballets Russes who nonetheless ended up with a part in the all-American musical 'Oklahoma!' in 1955. He was considered one of the last survivors and died aged 100.
Jeremiah Denton spent nearly 8 years as a POW during the Vietnam War. In 1966 when he was interviewed as part of a piece of North Vietnamese propaganda he blinked the word "torture" in morse code. After the war, he was later elected as Senator from Alabama. Denton blinked his last at 89.
As you know, the research for all the new picks for 2014 is slowly winding to a close. My esteemed predecessor Octopus of Odstock has helped pitch in and raised a query about one of the picks for the team Reading Out The Will, William Jones. It turns out that "William" is actually better known as Christopher Jones, the actor. A wee bit of research has found that not only did Jones die back on January 31st aged 72, he also got an obit from The Mirror!. That makes it the 34th hit in that month, increasing the record. March was no slouch either and is second on the all-time list of deadly months with 29. We're still well on course for another hits record come the years end and yet you could argue that the competiton at the top end has somehow yet to come to life...

[Scorecard] (Doré) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Hoggart) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Townsend) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (4 teams) = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Robinson) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Platt) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 4pts
[Scorecard] (Denton) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Jones) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (4 teams) = 10pts [Joker](1 team) = 20pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Glyn Jones, Fred Ho

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Alan Davie, Peaches Geldof, James Hellwig AKA Ultimate Warrior, Dorothy Mitchum

Player of the Month - March

Abdelbaset's Liquorice All-Sorts - 20 points

Latest News

Rumours abound that AC/DC are about to unplug for good as Angus Young's brother Malcolm takes time off for health reasons. The trial goes on for DJ Dave Lee Travis as the hapless CPS press another charge of sexual assault. There are onflicting reports on the health of key DDP pick Valerie Harper. So not yet known whether she has rode out the cancer...
The Theme Team League is updated for April.

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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 and Thomas Jefferson Survives

[DDP 2014]
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
(111 points, 15 hits)

A brief history of dead pools
DDP stats & facts
DDP Archive
Previous winners
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