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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BBC4's All Aboard! The Canal Trip: unhurried, unobtrusive pace

All Aboard! The Canal Trip, BBC4 - TV review: An oddly absorbing way to soothe overactive minds

Did you catch any of BBC4 Goes Slow? Would you have noticed if you did? The defining feature of this season, which continued with last night's All Aboard! The Canal Trip, is its unhurried, unobtrusive pace.

No Offence

No Offence, Channel 4 - TV review: Shameless creators serve up a gleefully outrageous cop show

Paul Abbott's special talent is to write characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time

Troubled water: Jonny Benjamin's search for his mystery saviour made for compelling viewing

The Stranger on the Bridge, Channel 4 - TV review: Jonny Benjamin looked for the stranger who saved his life but found so much more

It feels like we're finally getting somewhere with reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness

Channel 4's How the Other Half Eat is a treat

How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected

If you're the type of person who peeks into other people's supermarket trolleys and draws damning conclusions (hey, it passes the time), then Channel 4's How the Other Half Eat is a treat. Each week, two families swap groceries, recipes and meal time routines and havoc ensues. Unsurprising, given that, like everything else in this country, food is intimately connected with class.

The C-Word - review: Sheridan Smith shines in a warm, honest adaptation of Lisa Lynch's book about living with cancer

It's weepy, of course, but there is Derby-girl gallows humour throughout

Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’

The Enfield Haunting, review: North London meets The Exorcist in eerie suburban drama

It is easy to imagine the borough being the site of some creepy happening

Up in smoke: The heritage lost in the Clandon Park fire was built in part on the Onslow family’s slave trade wealth

Clandon Park House fire: A reminder that British heritage is much more than stately homes and the antiques they contain

With the family who built Clandon having owned large sugar plantations in Jamaica, homes such as these remind us of a history of grime as well as grandeur

Forewarned is forearmed for viewers of the new series of ITV’s Fraud Squad

Fraud Squad, TV review: New series names and shames fraudsters who targeted the elderly

Matthew Noad and Clive Griston tricked people into "investing" their savings in worthless land

Joe Lambe as Tom Hughes in The Game

The Game, BBC2, TV review: Tom Hughes looks very much the Burberry model he is in this John le Carré-style spy thriller

Hughes may become the latest object of lust following Aiden Turner's Poldark - but this spy thriller is a bit too beige

Grime and punishment: Alistair McGowan, Colin Jackson, Tyger Drew-Honey, Ann Widdecombe, Zöe Lucker and Miquita Oliver in '24 Hours In The Past'

24 Hours in the Past, BBC1 - TV review: Ann Widdecombe can identify with the bossy Victorians

We can't fault the makers of 24 Hours in the Past on their sleb selection. Five have signed up for this four-part living history series and they all seemed woefully ill-prepared for the hard-graft lives of dirt-poor Victorians. Impressionist Alistair McGowan reckoned "to leave the modern world behind for a bit, is enticing. I actually can't wait", while Pop World presenter Miquita Oliver felt her experience of 21st-century bankruptcy was comparable: "I really think I'll be able to relate to these young, poor, Victorians who lived a similar life. But for ever."

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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

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Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

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Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
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