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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Once upon a time in the Midlands: Cillian Murphy and Sophie Rundle in ‘Peaky Blinders’

Peaky Blinders, series 2, episode 1 - TV review: Second series boasts a host of big new names

Peaky Blinders can now boast several more big-name actors to supplement the sterling work Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Sam Neill do

The Secret Life of Books, BBC4

The Secret Life of Books, BBC4 - TV review

In this week's popular literature series The Secret Life of Books on BBC4 it was Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre being given a spirited rereading by the writer and broadcaster Bidisha.

A real belter: Ian Hart in 'The Driver'

The Driver, BBC1 - TV review: This series keeps getting better

I don't know where this journey's going to end, but I fear the worst

Brief encounter: Mahboob Baig (right) with his lawyer Attiq Malik in '24 Hours in Police Custody'

24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4, review: Fixed-rig documentary is pure cinema

Forget Nordic noir – this trip to Luton is fascinating

Horizon: Is Your Brain Male or Female? (BBC2)

Horizon: Is Your Brain Male or Female? BBC2 - TV review

Good to see television's most daredevil self-experimenter has finally met his match.

A real gem: Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent

Transparent, Amazon Instant Video, review: A truly great transgender drama series

This boundary-pushing show combines the naturalism of mumblecore with the engaging melodrama of Six Feet Under

British actress and Goodwill Ambassador of the UN, Emma Watson, delivering a speech during an event petitioning for the increase of the presence of women in Parliament in Montevideo

Strange role models: Celebrities will not start the gender revolution

Accomplished women are still more likely to be judged on their appearance than their actions
A fare to remember: David Morrissey and Claudie Blakley in 'The Driver'

The Driver, BBC1, review: Another midlife crisis for David Morrissey

Morrissey's new character is abused, ignored and insulted on a routine basis

Ramsay's Costa del Nightmares (Channel 4)

Ramsay's Costa del Nightmares, Channel 4 - TV review: The last hurrah for the chef

Are you sure you want to retire, Gordon, when there's still so much important work to be done?

Derren Brown: Infamous, Channel 4

Derren Brown: Infamous, Channel 4 - TV review: Who knows how he does it

But guessing is half the fun...

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas