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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On the case: Paddy Considine in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Secrets, weekend TV reviews

This Victorian crime mystery needs a compelling villain to lift the gloom

Chequered: Society needs to unravel attitudes to young women in uniform

Uniform disapproval: Back to school, back to sexualising girls

It is so prevalent in British culture that there seems little point in stating the obvious - but it is a bit creepy, isn't it?
From left to right: Noel Clarke, Reece Shearsmith and Alex Kingston in 'Chasing Shadows'

Chasing Shadows, TV Review: Reece Shearsmith's awkward detective is just like Sherlock - only with none of the skilful writing

Chasing Shadows is a very apt title for the new Thursday evening cop drama, but not for the reasons ITV would like. Watching the opening episode of this four-part series feels like being taunted by the phantom of what might have been.

Stateside success: British comedian John Oliver

Inside Television: Sesame Street is child's play for word-perfect comic John Oliver

Inside TV first hailed the stateside success of Birmingham-born comedian John Oliver back in May and since then his show Last Week Tonight has built up quite the following. Oliver’s every online mention is greeted with a hail of gushing below-the-line comments, often mentioning his “adorable” British accent and his “dapper” British dress sense.

Testing times: headteacher Jenny Smith and deputy Emma Hillman in ‘Educating the East End’

Educating the East End, TV Review: If it's our respect Mr Bispham and these teachers want, they've got it

As we sympathise with their teachers, we also get a sense of what's going on in the lives of the 'force of nature' Year 9 girls

Precious moments: husband-and-wife team Sarah and Steve Bennett in 'Gems TV'

Gems TV, ITV, review: How one family and a shedload of Tanzanite made Gems TV a winner

Documentaries don't have to be angry, hypocrisy-exposing investigations to hold our interest. Gems TV (ITV) was an entertaining hour, soothingly soundtracked by 1950s easy listening. If you've ever wondered why people watch those shopping channels, here was your answer: they're happily hypnotised.

The Secret Life of Books, BBC4

The Secret Life of Books, BBC4 - TV review: EastEnders lead writer Tony Jordan explores Charles Dickens

Here's a programme to make you pick up unread classics and love your old favourites even more

In the driving seat: Ryan Sheridan, who has cerebral palsy, features in '21 Up: New Generation'

21 Up: New Generation, BBC1 - TV review: A more diverse Britain is worth celebrating

Michael Apted's original Up series still stands as the greatest documentary achievement in British television history. But as of 2012's eighth episode, the original participants had all reached their fifties, so it stands to reason that the BBC would see an opportunity for a youthful twist.

Jamie's Comfort Food

Jamie's Comfort Food, Channel 4 - TV review: It's getting boring, Jamie

Clearly Jamie Oliver didn't catch that Horizon documentary the other week on the link between processed meat and cancer.

Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital