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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Andrew Brooke, Stuart Martin and Nick Blood in ‘Babylon’

Babylon, Channel 4 - TV review: From patchy pilot to a force to be reckoned with

One of the most thrilling and original series on television

Edinburgh Castle and city skyline

Castles: Britain’s Fortified History, BBC4 - TV review: Distinguished only by lovely aerial shots

Another documentary inspired by Game of Thrones' success

Brian Pern: a Life in Rock, BBC2

Brian Pern: a Life in Rock, BBC2 - TV review: A reunion for comedy’s hardest workers

The three-part series is co-written by Fast Show cast members Rhys Thomas and Simon Day

Strife through a lens: 'Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan' heard from soldiers in the conflict

Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan, BBC3 - TV review: A bereft mother shows that the casualties of war are not only on the front line

Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan set a tone of uncompromising honesty from the off: “I hate doing Queen’s Guards, I don’t care if the Queen’s watching us,” said Lane Sergeant Luke Langley. “Ordinary life feels amazingly dull when you come back from Afghanistan.” This special feature-length episode of BBC3’s Bafta-winning documentary marked the end of combat operations in the same way the series tracked their progress: by collecting personal accounts and slotting them into a bigger picture of the war.

New leaf of life: 'Jamie's Cracking Christmas'

Jamie's Cracking Christmas, Channel 4 - TV review: The cheeky chappie is still the people's cook

Even if he acts like he'd rather be elsewhere

Matt Berry (centre), the star of Channel 4 sitcom 'Toast of London'

Toast of London, Channel 4 - TV review: A disappointingly dull denouement

Josh Homme's cameo was exactly the sort of pointless, "meet my famous chums" name-dropping that Toast of London usually skewers so mercilessly

There was a documentary about football hooligans on telly this week: “Aw, it’s fucking mint! There’s nothing like it,” enthused one chap with a bandana round his face

Fighting talk: Caught in the crossfire of male egos

People (mostly men) at the highest levels of society are given to squaring up and throwing down
A patient is treated on '24 Hours in A&E'

24 Hours in A&E, TV review: Moments of comedy amid tear-jerking, life-and-death drama

Channel 4's documentary 24 Hours in A&E should probably be renamed Perspective and prescribed on the NHS as the antidote for anyone feeling a bit sorry for themselves. This week featured another collection of those "there-but-for-the-grace-of-God" scenarios and another set of calm, compassionate medical professionals doing the National Health Service proud.

Murder in mind: Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in ‘The Fall’

The Fall, TV review: DSI Stella's most mundane interactions crackle with a menacing sexual tension

We already know whodunit. It was that male-model type who's always sneaking about with no shirt on. Yet even without the crime thriller's favourite plot device, BBC2 series The Fall has kept us gripped, not only for the entire first series, but now also for most of a second series, too. In some scenes, the pace is reflective, even leisurely (perhaps that's something to do with the languid speaking voice of DSI Stella Gibson), but it's never long before another heart-thumping sequence kicks into gear.

'Game of Thrones' writer George RR Martin has long acknowledged the debt he owes to medieval history

History programmes show that Game of Thrones isn't so OTT after all

For some telly-dons 'sexed up' will always mean 'dumbed down', but that doesn't mean a GoT-influenced view of medieval life is inaccurate

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot