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 party line: Claire Danes and Alex Lanipekun in Homeland

Homeland series 4, episode 1, Channel 4, review: Drone Queen Carrie has little to celebrate

A great show becomes a CIA soap opera

The vegetable index: Eating well is too expensive for many

If people are to have any chance of escaping food poverty, either food prices must come down, or wages must go up
Window on the past: Twiggy appeared in ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1 - TV review: Twiggy, have we got some bad news for you!

Twiggy’s great-grandfather, William Meadows, was a rogue and a vagabond – and that’s not just my opinion, that’s the official designation of the Victorian penal system

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

Peaky Blinders, BBC2 - TV review: Gang stand-off doesn't quite deliver

Ultimately, it was Noah Taylor as screaming Italian gang boss Darby Sabini who proved the most dangerous criminal: he stole the show right out from under their noses

Mary Berry (left), Paul Hollywood and winner Nancy Birtwhistle

Great British Bake Off final 2014, review: Nancy Birtwhistle's cockiness is well-founded as 'Queen of Consistency' is crowned champion

Richard had seemed like a 'choux-in', but the 60-year-old grandmother rose above the competition

Man of the world: Brian Cox in 'Human Universe'

Human Universe, BBC2 - TV review: Visual clichés aside, Cox's love letter to humanity is an ego boost for our species

Brian Cox – the physicist, not the actor – has a new BBC series out. The five-part Human Universe (BBC2) is about cosmology, just like the first awe-inspiring-yet-accessible documentaries which made his name. Unlike Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, however, this is cosmology with a human slant.

Cat Watch 2014: the New Horizon Experiment, BBC2

Cat Watch 2014: the New Horizon Experiment, BBC2 - TV review

Cat Watch 2014: the New Horizon Experiment on BBC2, made us question who the real evolutionary winners are: the Homo sapiens who have toiled for millennia to achieve mastery over their environment? Or the domesticated cats who never toil at all? If you enjoyed the hugely successful 2013 programme The Secret Life of the Cat, this was more of the same – popular science programming conceived with pet owners in mind.

James Norton plays Sidney Chambers in Granchester

Grantchester, ITV - TV review: A delightful treat for period drama fans

Sidney and Geordie aren't yet a pairing to match Dalziel and Pascoe in their heyday but we live in hope

Pizza the action: the Barry-Power family from Cardiff featured in 'The Kitchen'

The Kitchen, BBC2 - TV review: A delightful slice of British life

Even if it is a piece of performance pie...

Under a cloud: ‘Wonders of the Monsoon’

Wonders of the Monsoon, BBC2 - TV review: Someone give that sprinting lizard his own show

Spanning an area from the north Himalayas to Australia’s Northern Territory, the programme explores how life flourishes during, before and after a rainy season and impacts on a rich variety of animals and us humans

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past