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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Strife through a lens: 'Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan' heard from soldiers in the conflict

Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan, BBC3 - TV review: A bereft mother shows that the casualties of war are not only on the front line

Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan set a tone of uncompromising honesty from the off: “I hate doing Queen’s Guards, I don’t care if the Queen’s watching us,” said Lane Sergeant Luke Langley. “Ordinary life feels amazingly dull when you come back from Afghanistan.” This special feature-length episode of BBC3’s Bafta-winning documentary marked the end of combat operations in the same way the series tracked their progress: by collecting personal accounts and slotting them into a bigger picture of the war.

New leaf of life: 'Jamie's Cracking Christmas'

Jamie's Cracking Christmas, Channel 4 - TV review: The cheeky chappie is still the people's cook

Even if he acts like he'd rather be elsewhere

Matt Berry (centre), the star of Channel 4 sitcom 'Toast of London'

Toast of London, Channel 4 - TV review: A disappointingly dull denouement

Josh Homme's cameo was exactly the sort of pointless, "meet my famous chums" name-dropping that Toast of London usually skewers so mercilessly

There was a documentary about football hooligans on telly this week: “Aw, it’s fucking mint! There’s nothing like it,” enthused one chap with a bandana round his face

Fighting talk: Caught in the crossfire of male egos

People (mostly men) at the highest levels of society are given to squaring up and throwing down
A patient is treated on '24 Hours in A&E'

24 Hours in A&E, TV review: Moments of comedy amid tear-jerking, life-and-death drama

Channel 4's documentary 24 Hours in A&E should probably be renamed Perspective and prescribed on the NHS as the antidote for anyone feeling a bit sorry for themselves. This week featured another collection of those "there-but-for-the-grace-of-God" scenarios and another set of calm, compassionate medical professionals doing the National Health Service proud.

Murder in mind: Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in ‘The Fall’

The Fall, TV review: DSI Stella's most mundane interactions crackle with a menacing sexual tension

We already know whodunit. It was that male-model type who's always sneaking about with no shirt on. Yet even without the crime thriller's favourite plot device, BBC2 series The Fall has kept us gripped, not only for the entire first series, but now also for most of a second series, too. In some scenes, the pace is reflective, even leisurely (perhaps that's something to do with the languid speaking voice of DSI Stella Gibson), but it's never long before another heart-thumping sequence kicks into gear.

'Game of Thrones' writer George RR Martin has long acknowledged the debt he owes to medieval history

History programmes show that Game of Thrones isn't so OTT after all

For some telly-dons 'sexed up' will always mean 'dumbed down', but that doesn't mean a GoT-influenced view of medieval life is inaccurate

Honey I Bought the House, Watch - TV review

If you saw Monday night's Dispatches on the British property boom, you'll know there's no better time for Watch to launch its new lifestyle series, Honey I Bought the House. It's Don't Tell the Bride meets Location, Location, Location and perfectly situated to exploit the housing panic. In each episode a couple of first-time-buyers are offered £15,000 towards their deposit, but there's a catch: only one of them is allowed to view, choose and make an offer on the home.

James Nesbitt in The Missing

The Missing, BBC - TV review: A hushed-up paedophile ring in government? This unmissable thriller is worryingly prescient

It's the minor mysteries that make this drama starring James Nesbitt so gripping

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, BBC

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, BBC - TV review

The winds of change are blowing through the property market, but it’s the actual wind that Richard Hammond is interested in. His new three-part series, Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, began with a trip to Mount Washington in the US state of New Hampshire where wind speeds regularly reach 85mph. That’s strong enough to blow away a garden shed. Or “refreshingly breezy”, if you’re a north London estate agent.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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