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 Mysteries of Laura

The Mysteries of Laura, 5USA - TV review

If you like Murder She Wrote you may find this police procedural strangely appealing

'Hardly clash of the titans': Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor)

EastEnders, Live BBC1 - TV review: Max Branning's fluffed line is a mystery as Walford comes alive

We might have preferred it if the one notable fudge hadn't occurred in the crucial final scene

The right stuff: 'Ukip: the First 100 Days'

UKIP: The First 100 Days, review: A mockumentary to scare the living bejesus out of the electorate

What rang most true were the extrapolations from actual Ukip policy to national events

The Casual Vacancy, BBC, TV review: JK Rowling's story is a far better drama than it is a book

Harry Potter author's so-so novel comes to life with a star cast and some magical direction

David Carr, who died last week, brought his private life to bear on his journalism

Farewell to David Carr - the journalists' journalist

Carr, who died last week, brought his private life to bear on his journalism

The kids are all right: pupils at the Gascoigne Primary in Barking, east London, featured in ‘Britain’s Biggest Primary School’

Britain's Biggest Primary School, TV review: Victor from Bulgaria might have broken English, but he's still a class act

A lot has changed since we were at school. For a start, kids these days can hardly get through morning break without some eager TV documentary-maker sticking a camera in their faces.

Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin in Eat Well for Less

Eat Well for Less, TV review: No-nonsense advice has done the nation a great service

Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin were feeling the satisfaction of a job well done as they concluded their three-part Eat Well for Less series.

US activist group Electronic Frontier Foundation has drawn the world’s attention to the small print in Samsung's smart TV privacy policy

Why we're really scared of the TVs that spy on us

The privacy policy for Samsung's cutting edge smart TV warns users that anything they say within the vicinity of the telly could be recorded

Play on: 'The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds'

The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, Channel 4 - TV review: No one does insults like these kids

"You're just a tiny mouse on a purple toilet!" said Cuba to Skyla when she wouldn't give him a turn on the scooter

The Gift, BBC1

The Gift, BBC1 - TV review: Mel Giedroyc and Matt Baker provide a more emotionally satisfying Surprise Surprise

Grace, 75, regretted the abrupt way a love affair had ended back in the summer of 1956 and felt she owed an apology to the man she’d been unable to track down

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

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