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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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.

The number of Romanians in the UK actually fell after immigration restrictions were lifted

The Great Big Romanian Invasion, TV review: Documentary-maker Tim Samuels went further than Nick and Margaret ever bothered to

The ancestors of documentary-maker Tim Samuels came to the UK from Romania, and this personal connection explains why Samuels' interest in the prophesied influx of Romanian immigrants (remember that?) has outlasted everyone else's.

'Child Genius': A television show celebrating exceptional intelligence in childhood

Inside Television: Pushy parents are taught a lesson in Child Genius

The young prodigies of Child Genius (Channel 4, Sunday, 9pm) all have their reasons for taking part in Mensa’s annual competition. Home-schooled Jocelyn wants to measure herself against the peers she rarely meets; miniature Mozart Curtis hopes to be prime minister one day and Rubaiyat, an 11-year-old studying Maths at degree level just wants to make friends. For viewers the show’s appeal is even simpler: clever kids make compelling telly.

London calling: 'Nick and Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?'

Nick and Margaret: Too Many Immigrants? BBC1 - TV review: A bridge too far for the Apprentice duo

Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford? Who left them in charge of Britain's social policy? Their combined repertoire of stern looks was ideally suited to acting as Sir Alan's advisers in The Apprentice, but surely the welfare system and immigration would benefit from more expert input? Apparently not, because almost exactly a year after Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits, the gruesome twosome have returned with another over-simplified take on a complex issue. Nick and Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?, a two-part series and "social experiment" began on BBC1 last night.

Glasgow Girls on BBC3

Glasgow Girls, BBC3 - TV review

When the schoolgirl subjects of Glasgow Girls on BBC3 didn't like what was happening around them, they decided to take action.

Leading light: Rose Leslie in 'Utopia'

Utopia, Channel 4, TV review: Dennis Kelly's conspiracy thriller makes perfect start

No far-fetched conspiracy theories are necessary to explain the return of Utopia. Channel 4's acid-toned paranoid thriller got off to a disappointing start ratings-wise, but soon built a detail-orientated fanbase whose obsessiveness was almost a match for the show's own graphic-novel nerds. In February, David Fincher announced he'd be directing a HBO remake, scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. That's no small compliment, so it says something about the originality of Utopia's writer-creator Dennis Kelly that his second series is still the more exciting prospect.

Royal Marines Commando School, Channel 4

Royal Marines Commando School is a programme about real violence, the state-sponsored kind that sends young men to kill and die, but, from the vantage point of the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre in Devon, all that seemed a very long way off.

Brief encounter: Gillian Taylforth, with her partner Geoff Knights (right), arriving in court in 1994 for her libel trial with ‘The Sun’

Ellen E Jones: The Weekend's TV from The Trial of Gillian Taylforth to From Scotland with Love

Misogyny in the dock features in this salacious re-creation of a soap star’s humiliation

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