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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HBO's 'Show Me A Hero'

Show Me a Hero, TV review: Public housing policy brought to the screen by off-topic testimonies

There will be no heroes in Show Me A Hero, the latest state-of-a-nation panorama from American sage and creator of The Wire, David Simon. What Simon does best is not portraits of dynamic individuals, but portraits of entire, stagnant communities.

Home on the raunch: George Bisset (Aneurin Barnard), Lady Seymour Worsley (Natalie Dormer) and Richard Worsley (Shaun Evans)

The Scandalous Lady W, TV review: Now here's a proto-feminist hero for our costume-drama-loving age

Natalie Dormer has made a career out of playing spirited women trapped in terrible marriages – there was Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, poor old King Joffrey’s wife in Game of Thrones and now Lady Seymour Worsley, the real-life 18th century character at the centre of The Scandalous Lady W.

In a three-part series former 5ive star Abz and his partner Vicky Fallon follow their dream to set up a self-sufficient small-holding in rural Wales

Abz on the Farm: Five's former rapper is a star reborn

It is obvious why the BBC has delved into reality TV for this

From left: John Anderson, Wolf, Lightning, Jet, Ukrika Jonsson, Hunter, Ace and Saracen reunited in Birmingham

The Saturday Night Story, ITV - review: Saturday night fever returns... courtesy of Gladiators, Gotchas and Pam's cleavage

A Gladiators reunion in Birmingham was the real highlight of the hour

A-level students

Tuition fees have changed the way students see education

Now students demand their money’s worth

Who Do You Think You Are?, TV review: The Great British Bake-Off judge Paul Hollywood researches his Scottish roots

The episode's second half offered a more satisfying set of WDYTYA surprises

Patriot games: Vic Reeves featured in ‘Very British Problems’

Very British Problems, TV review: Britons struggle with saying 'have a nice day', because they know they won't

The three-part series is Grumpy Old Men re-imagined as a sort of support group for sufferers of the personality disorder that is being British

Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Fabulous Shoes, Channel 4 - TV review

'I think that I make very useless work and I’m very proud of it'

Aquarius, Sky Atlantic - TV review: From sci-fi-horror to the Manson murders, Duchovny has still got the X factor

If you liked those ‘Mad Men’ episodes where Don heads  west, you’ll love this

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