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), msc (2020-21), Grim Up North (2020-22), and Reptile (2020-23). Now the Committee of DI (2022), time (2024), and Banana (2023) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Ivor Broadis

It does feel as though Ivor Broadis had been England’s oldest former international since about 1973, so it’s no surprise that we finally bid farewell to him in 2019. He served with the RAF during the Second World War, but never saw active service. He got plenty of action on his return to civilian life […]

Georgia Engel

Georgia Engel got off to an inauspicious career as an actor. Her first job was in an off-Broadway show called The House of Blue Leaves, for which she was paid one dollar a performance. The theatre then burned down. That fire was a blessing in disguise, though. The House of Blue Leaves moved to Los […]

Richard Cole

The last surviving participant in the Doolittle Raid has, like the monkey, gone to heaven. Richard Cole was co-pilot of the first flight of said raid, which saw more than 80 US Air Force individuals take to the sky in the first significant aerial attack on the Japanese mainland following Pearl Harbor. Although the attack […]

David J. Thouless

Some days it feels as if 40% of the content on this site is dedicated to dead Nobel Prize winners… David J. Thouless got the Physics gong back in 2016, thanks to his work on “topological phase transitions”. What are topological phase transitions you ask? Well, they’re sudden changes between states of matter. Thouless was […]

Rex Garrod

A self-described “bodgineer”, Rex Garrod worked as a speedway driver before switching to the world of make-do-and-build engineering. He first came to wider attention with the Channel 4 daytime education show The Secret Life of Machines, where he and co-host Tim Hunkin explained how everything from vacuum cleaners to office lighting works. He went on […]

Sandy Ratcliff

Sandy Ratcliff was a member of the original Eastenders cast, and the first star of the show to find their life fodder for the tabloids. It was quite a life for them to delve into, though. Expelled from school at 14, she became a bassist for some minor rock bands before Lord Snowden picked her […]

Daniel Hanson

Nottingham isn’t just underachieving football teams and gun crime. It was also, until Daniel Hanson died, home to Britain’s best dressing gowns. A lecturer at Nottingham Trent University until a chance encounter with the Harrod’s menswear buyer on a train, Hanson turned a small endeavour into a globally recognised brand. His dressing gowns were favourites […]

Bill Heine

In 1986, on the 41st anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing, Bill Heine installed a 25ft fibreglass shark through the roof of his suburban home in Headington, Oxfordshire. It was intended, somehow, as a protest against the American bombing of Libya (US planes took off from the local Heyford airbase) and began a six-year battle with […]

Shane Rimmer

One of British television’s all-time great “Rent-A-Yanks”, Shane Rimmer was actually born in Toronto, Canada. But you wouldn’t know it from his 40-odd year career on UK screens. He played the murderous deranged GI Joe Donelli on Coronation Street and as US government officials in both A Very British Coup and Ant and Dec’s Alien […]

Agnes Varda

Potatoes are currently being laid outside Rue Daguerre, the former home of hugely influential director Agnes Varda. Varda referred to herself as “Dame Patate”, dressed up as a potato for one of her movies and also created the art installation “Patatutopia”, which featured footage of 1,500lbs of Idaho potatoes in transit. But she was more […]