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.
03 July 2014 05:06 PM
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'
02 July 2014 12:00 AM
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.
The Culture Show: Girls Will Be Girl, BBC2 -TV review: 'Never mind the blokes – this guide to the women of punk was required viewing'
01 July 2014 12:00 AM
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."
01 July 2014 12:00 AM
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.
30 June 2014 12:00 AM
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.
29 June 2014 12:00 AM
Inside Television: Would the BBC really put on a full thirty hours of Glastonbury if they weren’t enjoying themselves a little too much?
27 June 2014 12:00 AM
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?
25 June 2014 12:00 AM
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.
Love Your Garden, ITV - TV review: 'Titchmarsh's garden-makeover show is something we can really dig'
25 June 2014 12:00 AM
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.
Police Under Pressure, BBC2 - TV review: 'A police patrol gives a valuable insight into life on the frontline'
24 June 2014 12:00 AM
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.
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
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- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media