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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Britain at the Bookies, TV review: gambling is a mug's game

The three-part documentary reveals hoe pensioners are quietly frittering away their winter fuel  allowances on the races

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The Javone Prince Show, TV review - A racially astute comedy show from a young talent who deserves to be a star

The sketches were mostly observational nuggets, and many of them could only have been made in Britain

The World Cup is one of the few times that England fans can be openly patriotic without being labelled a nutter

Britain: Enjoy your patriotic pride while you can - it won’t last

If MPs pay rises were decided according to the same criteria as everyone else’s, the only member getting one would be the SNP’s 20-year-old member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, Mhairi Black

Is Melvyn Bragg the only broadcaster interesting enough to be his own subject?

Melvyn Bragg: Wigton to Westminster, the 75-minute film by BAFTA award-winning producer and director Olivia Lichtenstein, will be the first time Bragg has allowed himself to become the subject of the camera's attention

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen: Cracking China, BBC2 - TV review: The Charles I-lookalike has lost none of his cavalier spirit

People with a healthy sense of self-mockery are always a joy to watch

Anarchic: the cast of ‘Yonderland’ say they’re like a bunch of six-year-olds

Yonderland, Sky1 -TV review: It's a rare programme that keeps both kids and parents entertained

The puppeteers were given the chance to show-off their supremely silly gadgets

Growing pains: George Mackay plays the traumatised Lewis as a young man in ‘The Outcast’

The Outcast, review: A post-war Britain of misery and snobbery, not bunting and tea parties

In a medium that’s enamoured of home-baking, nurturing communities, and the benefits of a stiff upper lip, this is a useful and welcome corrective

UnREAL, TV review: Drama about backstage machinations on a Bachelor-style show is painfully accurate

To discover UnREAL, however, you’ll first have to track it down in your channel menu and that may prove a challenge

The cost of tackling obesity for the National Health Service is estimated at £5 billion

Dear Professor Jane Wardle: Making more teenagers 'aware' of being overweight doesn't help

Take it from the teenage me who wasted many a lunch hour inducing vomiting in the school toilets for fear of looking like a fattie in a swimming costume

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Grand Designs, Channel 4, TV review: the self-build homes squeezed into the tiniest spaces

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