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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Helping hand: Tobias Menzies, Genevieve O’Reilly and Maggie Gyllenhaal in political drama ‘The Honourable Woman’

The Honourable Woman, BBC2 - TV review: Maggie Gyllenhaal makes stilted spy thriller worth pursuing

New drama is mannered in a way that some viewers will find irritating

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA, Channel 4 - TV review: 'An ersatz Italian restaurant in Colorado makes Ramsay flip his lid'

Did we appreciate Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares enough when we had the chance? This week the TV chef announced the imminent (though not immediate) end of the TV show on which he built his reputation for gruff cookery critique. The first of a two-part Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA (Channel 4) took place in Woodland Park, Colorado, known as the "City Above the Clouds" where the TV chef was hoping to improve the prospects of a decidedly non-celestial Italian restaurant.

God save the Queen: Miranda Sawyer with punk model Jordan in 'The Culture Show'

The Culture Show: Girls Will Be Girl, BBC2 -TV review: 'Never mind the blokes – this guide to the women of punk was required viewing'

The Culture Show: Girls Will Be Girls (BBC2), a documentary about women in punk, should be required viewing for all little girls at nursery school. True, the swearing might be a bit much for four-year-olds, and the feminist theorising of presenter Miranda Sawyer would probably go over their heads, but they'd surely relate to the Slits' lead singer Ari Up's admirable lack of self-consciousness. "She was very relaxed about her body," according to guitarist Viv Albertine. "She pissed on stage – not to be shocking, but because she basically, desperately needed a piss."

The World's Best Diet (Channel 4)

The World's Best Diet, Channel 4 - TV review

If you like your food programmes served with a side of geopolitics, then The World's Best Diet (Channel 4), a feature documentary from the team behind Channel 4's series Food Unwrapped, would have hit the spot. Jimmy Doherty and Kate Quilton had the enviable task of travelling the world and lunching with the locals, as they counted down 50 diets from worst to the best.

Martin Scorsese drew upon his past experiences of drugs for The Wolf of Wall Street

'The 50 Year Argument': The literary gang of New York get the Martin Scorsese treatment

When The Wolf of Wall Street director, Martin Scorsese, is not making feature films about gangsters and racketeers, he and long-time collaborator David Tedeschi tell stories of another kind.

Wrong again Jeremy: Paxman proves that there's no fool like an old fool

The former 'Newsnight' presenter wheeled out one of the hoariest cliches in politics this week
The BBC's coverage of Glastonbury kicks of at 7pm with a special on-site at Worthy Farm edition of The One Show

Inside Television: Would the BBC really put on a full thirty hours of Glastonbury if they weren’t enjoying themselves a little too much?

FOMO, or fear of missing out, is the lot of those of us who can’t afford to fly to Brazil, won’t get time off work for Wimbledon and failed to score Glastonbury tickets. Feel like everyone else is someone else having more fun than you’ve ever had?

Dr Pamela Cox presents Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter

Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter, BBC 2 - TV review

Are you being served? In these days of automated checkouts mostly likely not, but as we learned in Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter last night, there was a time when even ordinary customers were waited on like royalty by the high street's army of obsequious female shop assistants.

Rescue squad: Alan Titchmarsh with Katie Rushworth, David Domoney and Frances Tophill

Love Your Garden, ITV - TV review: 'Titchmarsh's garden-makeover show is something we can really dig'

He's been "squeezed out" of the Chelsea Flower Show and the next series of The Alan Titchmarsh Show will be his last, but the 65-year-old gardening expert does still have a home on British television, in ITV's garden makeover show, Love Your Garden.

An arresting sight: Sheffield policewomen Christine Fisher and Deb Parker

Police Under Pressure, BBC2 - TV review: 'A police patrol gives a valuable insight into life on the frontline'

Everyone in the BBC2 documentary Police Under Pressure was so downcast that they made the police drama Happy Valley look like escapist fantasy. Then again, in the summer of 2013, South Yorkshire Police had a lot to be miserable about: the legacy of the Hillsborough disaster, some of the worst crime figures in the country and large gangs of teenagers with nothing to do and nowhere to go.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform