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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Ramsay's Costa del Nightmares (Channel 4)

Ramsay's Costa del Nightmares, Channel 4 - TV review: The last hurrah for the chef

Are you sure you want to retire, Gordon, when there's still so much important work to be done?

Field day: Faye Marsay in 'Glue'

Glue, E4 - TV review: Teen drama puts the brutal into bucolic

E4's Skins was always too good to be dismissed as teen TV and grown-ups sneak-watched it in their droves. The same is proving true of Glue, the new E4 series by former Skins writer Jack Thorne. It's just like The Archers only with better acting, more ketamine and a rural murder mystery to boot.

Derren Brown: Infamous, Channel 4

Derren Brown: Infamous, Channel 4 - TV review: Who knows how he does it

But guessing is half the fun...

A ceramic figure is the only thing remaining at the site of this destroyed home in Fredalba, California. The dry Santa Ana winds roll into Southern California from the upper Mojave Desert, setting off car alarms and starting wildfires

It's time for God to step in on climate change

The winds of change are blowing in California, where science is trying to recruit and unlikely ally

Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year

Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without influential comedy series

The influence of Friends is so all-pervasive we often take it for granted

Aye-catching: Elaine C Smith in ‘Scotland in a Day’

Scotland in a Day, TV review: After a long month of campaigning, you've just got to laugh

After a day at the polls, a month of campaigning and centuries of increasingly fierce debate, Channel 4's mockumentary Scotland in a Day was a way for the healing to begin. Written by and featuring erstwhile Channel 5 talk-show host Jack Docherty, it featured an ensemble of Scottish comedians and actors playing characters on all sides – but especially the hitherto under-represented "Aaaarrrrghh! I just can't decide!" side.

BBC3’s new show Don’t Drop the Baby

Don't Drop the Baby, TV review: Can an experienced midwife "turn these bad lads into super dads"?

Life was also about to change for ever for the fathers-to-be in BBC3's new show Don't Drop the Baby. Can an experienced midwife, to use the BBC3 parlance, "turn these bad lads into super dads"? Sigh. If only this six-part series was a mockumentary like Scotland in a Day. Unfortunately, the paternal ignorance on show was all too real.

Blanket coverage: Amy Brenneman in ‘The Leftovers’

The Leftovers, Sky Atlantic - TV review: Apocalypse wow! There's still plenty of life at the end of the world

Mystery plots in which the mystery is never resolved are something of a speciality for Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and now of The Leftovers. Sky Atlantic's big new HBO drama import is adapted from a book of the same name by Tom Perrotta and takes place after a rapture-like event, known as the Sudden Departure, which saw 140 million people, or two per cent of the world's population simply disappear.

Don't Stop the Music, Channel 4

Don't Stop the Music, Channel 4 - TV review

Don't Stop the Music is a show that's full of impetus. After last year's Notes from the Inside, classical pianist James Rhodes is fast replacing Jamie Oliver as Channel 4's most impassioned social justice campaigner. This two-parter, which concluded last night, follows Rhodes and the children at St Teresa's primary school in Basildon, Essex, as they fight to save music education. The school's budget for music teaching is exactly zilch, and that's hardly unusual. According to Rhodes, nearly a third of British primaries give children no opportunity to play instruments, while a newly mandated focus on "dead German men" in the music curriculum is causing staffroom grumbles. Here comes Rhodes to the rescue.

Traders: Millions By the Minute, BBC2

Traders: Millions By the Minute, BBC 2 - TV review

Traders: Millions By the Minute wasn't as much like Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street as I'm sure we'd all have preferred it to be. BBC2's new two-part documentary about the lives of stock market traders was much more concerned with the motives underlying their behaviour than the cut of their designer suits or the purity of their cocaine.

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