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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BBC3's documentary 'Tulisa: The Price of Fame' will air only after a week after the trial was thrown out of court

Can 'instamentaries' such as Tulisa: The Price of Fame ever truly satisfy demand?

On Monday it was announced that the trial of Tulisa Contostavlos, pop singer and former X Factor judge, had been thrown out of court. Within 24 hours, BBC Three had scheduled a documentary,Tulisa: The Price of Fame to air this coming Monday at 10pm.

No escaping the past: Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘The Honourable Woman’

The Honourable Woman, TV review: A timely tale that sheds more light on political thriller

If you've been loyally tuned to Hugo Blick's political thriller The Honourable Woman on BBC2 for the past three weeks, yet still had no idea what the Blick was going on, then last night's flashback episode was a well-timed mercy.

Searching for fortune: 'Diamond Geezers and Gold Dealers' on ITV

Diamond Geezers and Gold Dealers, TV review: Delicate ecosystem had an intricate beauty

Everyone who featured in ITV's one-off documentary about London's jewellery quarter was looking to strike gold. Hatton Garden, is only half a square mile of London streets, but it's the scene of 75 per cent of the UK's cash for gold business, and 80 per cent of the diamond trade.

Awkward romcom: 'The Mindy Project'

The Mindy Project, E4 - TV review: Mindy Kaling has Tina Fey-like potential

The Mindy Project on E4, one of the last remaining refuges of genuinely funny romcom on television. Creator Mindy Kaling is still best known as Kelly Kapoor on the American version of The Office, but with The Mindy Project she's establishing herself as a comedy writer/performer of Tina Fey-like potential. As well as writing the series, Kaling stars as Dr Mindy Lahiri a thirtysomething obstetrician in a New York practice who is (what else?) looking for love.

The Geordie Shore pack return for some more 'mint' times

Geordie Shore, TV review: Eight series in and X-rated show-offs are still somehow talk of the Toon

"This programme contains strong language, sexual scenes and references from the start and throughout." So goes the on-screen warning at the start of every Geordie Shore episode, but it bears repeating: this programme contains strong language, sexual scenes and references from the start and throughout.

Long Lost Family, ITV

Long Lost Family, ITV - TV review

The Bafta-winning reunion show Long Lost Family (ITV) plucks at your heart strings like a concert violinist, and yet it never seems cynical or cheap. That's in large part down to the sensitivity of its two presenters, Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, both of whom can draw on personal experience of family estrangement.

Family tragedy: a woman holding a picture of her missing relative after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh last year

Clothes to Die For, BBC2 -TV review: The devastating story of the West's real fashion victims

There's no need to watch the new series of Channel 4's 19th-century drama The Mill to discover how miserable life was for the overworked and underpaid. Right now, in Bangladesh, there are garment industry workers enduring very similar conditions.

The Mill, second series: There’s more trouble at mill, but ankle-flashing Esther lifts the gloom

Rabble-rouser John Doherty sounded like he’d been cribbing from the Occupy movement

Nicky Morgan arriving at No.10 during the reshuffle

Not so positive discrimination: Some Equalities ministers are more equal than others

Individual women in power do not become champions of all women by default, a truth ably demonstrated by David Cameron's new Cabinet appointees
Child’s play: Norland College students featured in ‘Britain’s Poshest Nannies’

Britain's Poshest Nannies, TV review: What does it take to be a modern-day Mary Poppins?

Last week "style icon" Prince George landed his first Vanity Fair cover, but that 11-month-old infant didn't do it on his own. Behind every great baby there's a great nanny, and not just any great nanny, but a Norland Nanny. Or Britain's Poshest Nannies, as the title of last night's ITV documentary would have it.

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Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

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Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little