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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Critical, Sky1 - TV review

Critical eschews the soapy storylines of Casualty in favour of nitty-gritty procedure and medical jargon

Community spirit: Raj featured in 'Immigration Street'

Immigration Street, review: There is such a thing as society – just ask the residents of Derby Road, Southampton

A single hour on how the media's framing of immigration impacts on real communities

David Tennant, Eve Myles and Olivia Colman in Broadchurch series two

Broadchurch finale review: Inexplicable red herrings make for damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Spoiler alert: 'Boredchurch' it might not have been, but all the loose ends and an unsatisfying conclusion has made watching exasperating

Claire Parker, Anne Blankson-Hemans, Melvyn Flint, Alison Stafford, Richard Salter, Paul Bell, Amy Goldring, Anthea Lay, Heather Harding, Jan Szymczuk, Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon in The Big Painting Challenge

The Big Painting Challenge, TV review: Even Una Stubbs’ saucy innuendo can’t save this show

At Alnwick Castle in Northumberland contestants were given a potentially revealing brief: pick something and paint it

Hunter went to Knoxville to feel the lonesome chill of Southern gothic, found his childhood memories of Spam offered common ground with Dolly Parton and, in the episode’s most fascinating section, confronted the disturbing legacy of minstrelsy

Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South, TV review: His perspective makes this essential viewing for music fans

Hunter retains not only an easy Southern charm, but also a wariness of what he calls 'hillbillies, the deadly kind'

Who, really, is shocked that Cindy Crawford has a less than taut stomach?

Beyonce? Cindy Crawford? Kate Middleton? Bodies are lumpy, bumpy and sometimes saggy – so why peddle perfection?

Cindy Crawford has a not entirely taut stomach. Beyoncé gets the occasional spot and the Duchess of Cambridge has a few greys

Cate Blanchett at the Oscars last year

The red carpet revolution: Is the TV coverage of award shows about to change forever?

E! channel's mani-cam is the latest red carpet indignity that women in the entertainment industry have complained are unfairly visited only upon them

Firm ground: Steve Hewlett presented ‘Reinventing the Royals’

Reinventing The Royals, TV review: This royal appointment wasn't worth the wait

Reinventing the Royals finally made it to our screens last night, six weeks after it was first scheduled for broadcast.

'Cucumber' got raunchy - even by the show’s own high standards

Cucumber, TV review: Henry continues to skirt the line between pathetic and liberated

Tonight's episode of Cucumber was raunchy even by the show's own high standards.

Hard times: Alex featured in 'The Romanians Are Coming'

The Romanians Are Coming, Channel 4 - TV review: Playing the system? English-speaking Alex is cleaning our streets while sleeping rough

We got to know three men and their stories variously confirmed and confounded the stereotypes

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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
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn