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 bug society: Esther Smith (centre) in 'Cockroaches'

Cockroaches, ITV2 - TV review: Like 'The Walking Dead' with a sillier sense of humour and a British TV budget

The script kept us entertained by pondering the many "what ifs" of life after civilisation

Nature's Weirdest Events, back for a fourth series on BBC2

Nature's Weirdest Events, BBC2 - TV review

The Springwatch presenter was at his most inspiring when striding through the countryside

What's the Right Diet for You? A Horizon Special

What’s the Right Diet for You? A Horizon Special, BBC2 - TV review

The dieters thought it was a treat, but it was really a test, which is a bit sneaky

Making a meal of it: Lena Dunham, Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari in 'Girls'

Girls series 4, Sky Atlantic - review: Will these self-obsessed Brooklynite brats ever grow up?

Half of the pleasure of Girls is the hate-watching

Lucy Worsley and David Starkey, the presenters of 'Britain’s Tudor Treasure: a Night at Hampton Court'

Britain’s Tudor Treasure: a Night at Hampton Court, review: Whets the appetite for 'Wolf Hall'

Starkey and Worsley put aside their feuding to mark the palace's 500th year

Jokes about rape may, sometimes, be acceptable but not when delivered by the likes of Bill Cosby

When is the right time for a rape joke?

It may sometimes, be acceptable but not when delivered by the likes of Bill Cosby
Inside story: 13 young troublemakers volunteered for 'Bring Back Borstal'

Bring Back Borstal, TV review: What kind of a teen troublemaker volunteers to go to television borstal anyway?

If you're the sort of person who despairs at those cushy modern prisons where inmates are allowed to read books, eat food and occasionally glimpse daylight from between the bars of their cell, then ITV's new series Bring Back Borstal should be exactly your cup of gruel.

Telling it like it is: The Voice judge Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones is The Voice of wisdom as he calls this year's talent 's**t'

The Welsh singer later insisted he'd only been joking, but as Homer Simpson says, it's funny 'cause it's true, says Ellen E Jones

Taking a different tack: Jacques Peretti in 'The Super-Rich and Us'

The Super-Rich and Us, TV review: Interesting and enraging in equal measure

There have been a few documentaries lately inviting us to envy the opulent lifestyles of the obscenely wealthy, but Peretti took a different tack

24 Hours in Police Custody (Channel 4)

24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4 - TV review

The methodical way in which the detectives of Luton Police Station go about their investigations is always fascinating

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?