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!

Latest Stiffs: 26th May 2016 by The Man in Black
[Picture of Burt Kwouk]

Ah! Not now Cato!!

Burt's Kwouk of fate

British-Chinese actor Burt Kwouk has died. Lancashire-born Kwouk was gainfully employed playing the oriental friend or foe in a multitude of TV programmes and films, including the 'James Bond' and 'Doctor Who' franchises. He earned praise for his role as the harsh Japanese Concentration Camp Commandant in BBC's 'Tenko'. He later appeared in the last few series of the gentle OAP sitcom 'Last of the Summer Wine'. But he'll be forever known as Inspector Clouseau's faithful, if somewhat violent manservant Cato Fong in the 'Pink Panther' comedy film series, although he had an equally great screen partnership with the irrepressible Harry Hill in his cult comedy for Channel 4 in the 1990s. Kwouk was 85 and was a particular favourite among the theme teams, five of the six teams picking him.

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

Goodbye Mr Ed's friend

Actor Alan Young has died aged 96. Young played Wilbur Post, architect and friend of the talking horse 'Mr. Ed' in the popular US series of the same name. The series ran from 1960-66. Young is also recognised for his role in the classic sci-fi film 'The Time Machine', as the time traveller's friend and his son. Young was later the voice of Scrooge McDuck fro Disney from the 1970s to the 1990s. 8 teams ride into the the sunset with the points...

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

Yang Jiang kipperbang

Yang Jiang was a Chinese author and interpreter who rendered Cervantes' 'Don Quioxte' into Chinese in 1978. IN the 1970s, Jiang and her husband, also an author, were "sent down" to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, a period she later wrote about. Jiang died aged 104 and was a hit for 2 teams.
Morley Safer was a Canadian journalist and broadcaster who joined the CBS news programme'60 Minutes' in 1970. He was to stay for 46 years, earning 12 Emmys. Safer died aged 84 just a week after retiring from the show. Where's My Damn List? earn a unique hit.
Neil Cunningham was a New Zealand racing driver, rumoured to be one of the drivers to play the role of "The Stig" in the BBC's popular car programme 'Top Gear'. Cuningham was also a stunt driver in the 'James Bond' franchise. Cunningham died aged 52 from Motor Neurone disease. Pedro’s Catacomb Ensemble earn a unique hit.
Another unique hit now, this time for Puzlman's Passing Picks. Sándor Tarics competed for Hungary in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. He won Gold in the Water Polo event. He was the oldest living Olympic champion and died aged 102.
Apart from a few bits and bobs here and there, the bios and pic have been completed. I would like to thank all the teams who helped out. It may only be May but I'm already considering changes for next year which may alter the look and feel of the competition...

[Scorecard] (Jiang) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 4pts
[Scorecard] (Safer) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Cunningham) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 15pts
[Scorecard] (Tarics) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 7pts
Latest Stiffs: 17th May 2016 by The Man in Black

Four stiffs and that's Schallert

William Schallert was a jobbing US actor, best known across the pond as the late Patty Duke's screen father in 'The Patty Duke Show' in the 1960s. He also appeared in a multitude of TV shows and films, including the original 'Star Trek' and it's most infamous episode, the comedic 'The Trouble With Tribbles'. Schallert was 93 and a unique hit for Captain Hemlock's Twenty.
Alabama-born Susannah Mushatt Jones was latest in the long line of people to hold the title of the World's Oldest person. She died aged 116, leaving Emma Morano as the last person born in the 1800s alive, bar the odd claimant here and there. 16 teams and three jokers take the points...
Julius La Rosa was an popular singer who appeared on broadcaster Arthur Godfrey's TV show in the early 1950s before being sensationally sacked live on air after a perfomance in 1953. La Rosa continued to sing and act on TV and stage. La Rosa was 86 and a hit for a pair.
Irishman Christy O'Connor was one of Europe's most successful golfers of his day, winning over 60 tournaments and finishing in the top ten in The Open Championships on ten occasions, tieing for 2nd in 1965 at Royal Birkdale. O'Connor was 91 and a hit for three teams including golf theme team In The Hole!
Talking of the theme team league, the Grim Reaper has cut a swathe though Shameless' picks, with a dozen or so picks having died but with little chance of an obit. Not that it has affected the team too much as they have a clear lead over the rest in the TTL...

[Scorecard] (Schallert) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Jones) [Points] [Points] [Points] (16 teams) = 3pts [Joker](3 teams) = 6pts
[Scorecard] (La Rosa) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts
[Scorecard] (O'Connor) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 6pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

4ndy H@w0rth, 4ng3l@ Syk35, Alish@ B@rnett, H3l3n Hutch1ns0n, P@ul Mo0re, W3ndy H0lt, Tom M Apostol, Isao Tomita, Thomas W Libous, Major Erich Rudorffer

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Rabbit Kekai

Player of the Month - April

A Pelican In The Wilderness - 27 points

Latest News

Crackpot singer Sinéad O'Connor goes "missing" again before being found. Meanwhile "Tarzan" AKA Michael Heseltine swings into the Euro debate with a month to go before the crucial vote...
The Theme Team League is updated for May with Shameless restoring their large lead..

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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