Paul Darrow

Although he was a RADA-trained actor (where he was roommates with John Hurt and Ian MacShane) with a 40-year career on the stage, Paul Darrow will forever be remembered as Avon in Blake’s 7. Making his debut in the show’s second episode, he became the program’s focus following the departure of Blake (Gareth Thomas) at the […]

Thad Cochran

When he stood down in 2018, Thad Cochran was the longest-serving member of Congress, and the 10th-longest-serving member of the Senate in history. A moderate southern Republican (who would “vote like a right-wing extremist when we wanted him to” according to one GOP operative), Cochran was the first Republican to represent the state in the […]

Bart Starr

Bart Starr’s younger brother, Hilton, died at the age of 10 from tetanus after stepping on a bone the family dog had been chewing. Bart managed a slightly lengthier life though, to the relief of Am-Fo fans everywhere. It could have been different though: he nearly quit the sport in his sophomore year of high […]

Mary Stopes-Roe

Mary Stopes-Roe was the last surviving child of Barnes Wallis, the legendary World War II engineer whose “bouncing bombs” brought Germany’s war machine to a grounding halt in 1943. Wallis used his children to help develop the munition, asking them to play with marbles and see how high they could “bounce” after being fired with […]

Prem Tinsulanonda

Prem Tinsulanonda was Thailand’s prime minister from 1980 through to 1988. His time as leader saw rapid economic expansion, Thailand asserting its heft on the international scale, and numerous attempts on his life from various generals. He personally dealt with China to encourage them to stop funding Communist insurgents in the country, and offered amnesty […]

Irene Sutcliffe

Irene Sutcliffe had a 60-year career on our TV screens, from a Sunday Night Theatre appearance in 1953 through to character roles as an old biddie well into the mid-2010s. She was also a regular on stage, even making her West End debut opposite Katherine Hepburn in GB Shaw’s The Millionairess. However, it’s as the downtrodden cornershop […]

Machiko Kyo

The first of two hits in quick succession for veteran theme team Dead Continent, Machiko Kyo was one of Japan’s most venerated actresses. Starting her career off as a dancer in the post-WW2 era, she soon found herself in demand as a supporting actress specialising in playing feudal-era noblewomen. However it was as the raped […]

Jack Cohen

By day, Jack Cohen was a reproductive scientist, whose main contribution to the field was an explanation of why men produce so many redundant sperm. But he was also a close friend of DDP alumni Terry Pratchett (the pair met at a science-fiction convention when Cohen spilled his pint over the big-hatted fantasy doyen). Cohen […]

Murray Gell-Mann

In the midst of all those A-list celebs dying, how about we bring the mood down with a Nobel winner? Murray Gell-Mann took the gong home for Physics in 1969 thanks to his work on the theory of elementary particles. The pre-eminent theoretical physicist of his era, his main contribution to the scientific world was […]

Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr’s father, the theatre critic Alfred Kerr, was a prominent opponent of Adolf Hitler and one of the many whose books were burned in public during the early 1930s. Unsurprisingly, the family decided that was a good time to leave Germany. Arriving in England, Judith became a Red Cross worker and an artist, working […]