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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Scare tactics: Michael Palin and Jodie Comer in ‘Remember Me’

Remember Me, BBC1 -TV review: An auspicious start to ghost story season

Michael Palin is officially 'old' now

BBC 4's Puppy Love

Puppy Love, BBC4, TV review: A very funny, slow-build show with slyly smart characters

For all its subtle character comedy, Puppy Love can’t resist a few poo joke

James Nesbitt (centre) as the steely Met Commisioner Richard Miller

Babylon, Channel 4, TV review: Get ready for some satirical comedy, idealistic drama and heart-pumping action

The car chase and standoff between the armed response unit and some bank robbers was, however, helpfully couched in sheepish self-awareness: 'Bank robbers? What is this? 1971? Who are the suspects? The Bay City Rollers?'

Middle Ages spread: Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman and Tom Pinfold in 'Secrets of the Castle'

Secrets of the Castle, BBC 2: TV review: Like being cornered at a party by a medieval history bore

Born-too-late trio Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold will not be happy until a time machine is invented that can collect them from our present age of convenience and deposit them a few hundred years ago, where they can toil away to their hearts' content. In the meantime, though, there's Secrets of the Castle with Ruth, Peter and Tom, the latest from the team that brought us Tudor Monastery Farm.

Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages on More4

Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, More4 - TV review

Penelope Keith, best known for playing lofty neighbour Margo in The Good Life, has proudly outed herself as "a villager" to present Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages on More4. This leisurely three-part wander through Britain's rural communities is inspired in part by Sir Brian Batsford's cover illustrations for a 1930s book series, and, naturally, it's very picturesque. The village greens, the church spires and the thatched cottages are all here in plentiful supply, but in this episode Penelope was more interested in how the uglier side of industry has impacted on the landscape.

Gotham's Golden Rule:

Gotham, Channel 5 - TV review

It's dangerous out there in TV City, but even those who rarely risk a detour into the dimly lit alley that is Channel 5 must make an exception for Gotham.

Step back in time: Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman in 'Dancing Cheek to Cheek: an Intimate History of Dance'

Dancing Cheek to Cheek: an Intimate History of Dance, BBC4 - TV review: Forget Miley and Beyoncé, Len'n'Lucy have all the right moves

Strictly Come Dancing fans already know the uplifting effect dance can have. It's only a shame that, that show aside, dance no longer occupies the central place in entertainment that it once did, back in the days of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Enter Strictly judge Len Goodman and historian Lucy Worsley, the Fred and Ginger of BBC4, with their new series, Dancing Cheek to Cheek: an Intimate History of Dance.

Greek mythological fantasy drama 'Atlantis' returns for the second series

Atlantis, BBC1, series review: ‘Game of Thrones’ without the sex, violence or laughs? No thanks

Atlantis is still a family show at heart, intended to appeal to  adults and children alike. That’s a difficult tone to perfect

Language-learning keeps the brain healthy and sharp as we age, reducing the likelihood of early-onset dementia

Learn the lingo and live longer: Foreign languages makes for more brain cells

The English have a well-earned reputation as the language-learning dunces of Europe, and traditionally that didn't bother us much
24 Hours in Police Custody (Channel 4)

24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4 - TV review

No one ever claimed Grantchester would provide an accurate portrayal of policework, did they? If that was what you were after, 24 Hours in Police Custody (Channel 4) had an episode focused on Luton Police Station's dedicated "honour based violence" unit.

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