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 cast of Boomers, a comedy set in a Norfolk resort

Inside Television: Why the new interest in the social lives of pensioners?

I've been thinking this week about J.J. Murphy, the actor who died, aged 86, four days into filming scenes for his role as Ser Denys Mallister in Game of Thrones. His friends have spoken of his excitement to be cast in the hit show and it’s undoubtedly a triumphant cap to a seven-decade career. Let’s hope producers find a way to include him in the finished series. 

Robin Williams has died aged 63

Robin Williams: Recalling an interview with a 'gracious, kind and genuine' movie star

When Ellen E Jones met Robin Williams in 2010, he spoke about his movies with an emotionally-intelligent humility

Cooks’ Questions, TV review: Sue Perkins has a show all of her own

In format, Cooks’ Questions is quite a lot like Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, so why isn’t it also on the radio?

Women of World War One: The story of women in the First World War is also the story of female liberation

Kate Adie is an excellent guide to women’s battle for equality during the Great War

BBC America's Almost Royal: This Borat-style royal spoof isn’t quite out of the top drawer

Review of the BBC America’s first original comedy commission

A still from the Let's Stay Together campaign's YouTube video, featuring Ross Kemp

Political passion-killers: 'No' campaigners just turn me off

The Let's Stay Together campaign has to be the least sexy thing ever to happen in British politics
The Big Bang Theory's lead cast members have become the highest paid performers in TV

The Big Bonus Theory: Why big pay rises spell trouble for your favourite TV series

The ink is just drying on the many zeros of their new pay deals, and an eighth series is soon to start filming, so The Big Bang Theory cast must be feeling pretty smug right now.

Blast from the past: Frankie Wilson and Theo Barklem-Biggs in Our World War

One World War, TV review: Jarring modern touches mean Great War story badly misfires

The soldiers of 1914 probably didn't listen to quite so much throbbing techno but, soundtrack aside, Our World War on BBC3, aimed to re-create the Battle of Mons as it really was, based on the diary entries and later testimony of those on the front line.

‘Dr Who’ stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman at Cardiff Castle before two screenings to promote the new BBC series and the start of a world tour

Doctor Who series 8, episode 1 review: Peter Capaldi’s Doctor may just be the best yet

The plot is not really the point - it’s to get to know Doctor No.12

Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Mel Giedroyc return for more

Great British Bake Off, review: The show is back, hitting a sweet spot straight away

It makes no apology for its tweeness or its terrible puns

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam