Ellen E Jones

Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.

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Cream of the crop: Monty Don hosts 'Big Dreams, Small Spaces'

Big Dreams, Small Spaces BBC2 -TV review: Brace yourself for Monty, the lean, mean gardening machine

An Englishman's home is his castle, and so it follows that an Englishman's backyard is his family farmland, orchard and ornamental gardens even if, in actual fact, it measures just three metres by two. That's the premise of Monty Don's new gardening show, Big Dreams, Small Spaces (BBC2). In each of the five episodes, Monty will lend his expertise to two different households hoping to realise an ambitious outdoor scheme.

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour (BBC4)

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour, BBC4 -TV review

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour (BBC4) is a three-part arts series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon as part of the BBC's pleasingly autumnal Gothic season.

Schama’s study of Rembrandt’s later work is a call to arms for old duffers everywhere

It was when Schama moved on to a painting of one particular young woman that he was at his most compelling

Paul McCarthy’s inflatable Tree artwork in Place Vendôme, Paris

If they can build a giant 'sex toy' in the middle of Paris, then surely anything is possible

Is 'Tree' really that much more blatantly obscene than the many other giant phallic symbols that hide in plain sight in civic centres the world over?
Clive Owen (centre) in 'The Knick'

The Knick, TV review: Steven Soderbergh creates an artful-yet-authentic picture of NYC on brink of modernity in new hospital-set drama

Sky Atlantic's new hospital-set drama The Knick take us on a journey back in time. It was New York City, it was 1900, and we were getting to know pioneering surgeon Dr John Thackery (Clive Owen) as he stumbled out of an opium den and set off for the Knickerbocker hospital to take part in an early trial of the modern Caesarean-section.

Clive Owen (centre) in 'The Knick'

The Knick's Dr Thackery is a well-rounded racist

Drama needs more racists; or at least better ones, argues Ellen E Jones

Bigwigs: Richard McCabe, Oliver Jackson Cohen and Richard Dixon in ‘The Great Fire’

The Great Fire, ITV, review: All of London is here - even a 17th-century Spider-Man

A dramatisation of the 1666 fire could easily have been London's Burning in breeches. Instead, the four-part mini-series The Great Fire (ITV) skilfully interweaves real historical characters with fictional additions to create a cross-section of Restoration London.

Swap My Council House, BBC1

Swap My Council House, BBC1 - TV review

There was something jarringly jolly about Swap My Council House, BBC1's documentary about the consequences of this country's housing shortage. That title, the upbeat music on the soundtrack and the voiceover, all suggested a game show sensibility trapped in the format of a dour social-affairs documentary.

Daniel Waving in a Hotdog Suit in the first episode of The Apprentice 2014

The Apprentice, BBC1, TV review: 'Self-aggrandising nicompoops' return

Ten years after it first aired, The Apprentice is still the best business show on television

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead, Fox - TV review: The townspeople of Terminus are as terrifying as ever

Series five of The Walking Dead (Fox) picked up immediately where series four left off, with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang captured by the terrifying townspeople of Terminus.

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'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past