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. Other hosts: Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid (2003-7), Octopus of Odstock (2008-9), The Man in Black (2010-17), Spade Cooley (2018-19). Now the Committee of msc/Grim and Reptile (2020) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Ralph Benjamin

One has to feel some sympathy for the theme team Stiff Upper Lip, a line-up of 20 World War II veterans. So far two of their selections – both unique picks – have departed this mortal coil without a qualifying obituary, in the shape of Conway Berners-Lee and Jim Russell. And it was looking like […]

Dr. John

Few artists, let alone musicians, came to represent their home region as much as Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John. His medley of blues, boogie-woogie and old-time medicine show ephemera has become, for many, the platonic ideal of New Orleans culture. It very nearly didn’t happen that way, however. Dr. John was originally a […]

Lennart Johansson

Lennart Johansson was the man in charge of international football at a team when money was being siphoned away from the smaller sides towards the bigger teams, player (and agent) demands were seen as more important than financial stability, and the stench of corruption followed a number of surprisingly well-funded smaller FAs. Thank God we’ve […]

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 […]