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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Shia LaBeouf is one of Brad Pitt's favourite actors in the world ever, apparently

Shia LaBeouf to Luis Suárez: Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting

Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon Studios - TV review: This sexed-up classical music drama is in tune with the times

The character relationships are familiar – the mentor and mentee, the king and his usurper – but still emotionally satisfying

Len Goodman's Big Band Bonanza on BBC4

Len Goodman's Big Band Bonanza, BBC4 - TV review

The soundtrack to a youth spent in the dance halls and coffee bars of Welling, Kent

Would I Lie To You? (BBC1) at Christmas

Would I Lie To You? BBC1 - TV review

Ray Winstone proved himself a formidable fibber

Hapless heroes: Phil Bourne (James Corden), Sam Pinkett (Mathew Baynton) and David Kinsmann (John Ross Bowie) in 'The Wrong Mans'

The Wrong Mans, BBC2 - TV review: Our boys from Bracknell hit the ground running on a trip to the Texas badlands

Phil/Ian is still an enthusiastic organiser of team-building trips, but this time everyone else is keen too

Mark Wright and Bianca Miller in the final of The Apprentice

The Apprentice final, BBC1, review: Ambitious Mark Wright impresses Lord Sugar

The show knows it's the nitwits who really make for great television and past contestants were back in force to help

Should parents be allowed to take pictures at nativity plays?

Ghosts of Christmas past: What effect could posting pictures of nativity plays have on the next generation?

An un-erasable Facebook faux pas could cost today's children a job interview or two in the future, but there are also much more frightening outcomes

Mirth mothers: Mums are no longer doomed to dud roles as Raised by Wolves and The Goldbergs prove

Once doomed to nagging bit-parts, mothers are beginning to steal the show in family sitcoms

Clued up: John Lynch and Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’

The Fall, TV review: And the resolution of Stella Gibson's cliffhanger is... we're all a bit guilty

A show which has been accused of lingering too long over gratuitous murder, ends up accusing us, the viewers, of revelling in it. A nice touch by writer Allan Cubitt

The Choir: New Military Wives on BBC2: 'Choirmaster Gareth Malone is back!'

The Choir: New Military Wives, BBC2 - TV review

There are now more than 80 military wives choirs, with more than 2,000 members

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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
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Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
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The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015