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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Mob rule: Salvatore Esposito and Marco d'Amore in 'Gomorrah'

Gomorrah, Sky AtlanticTV review: A touch of Tarantino means it's worth sticking with this gritty gangster tale

When he was a boy, Roberto Saviano lived in Casal di Principe, a town just north of Naples, where his father worked as a doctor. One day Dr Saviano stepped out into the street to treat a man who had been shot. As punishment for the crime of saving the life of a man who the local Mob – or Camorra – wanted dead, Saviano's father was later severely beaten. His son waited many years to exact an elegant revenge. He infiltrated the criminal organisation and in 2006 published Gomorrah, a book exposing their workings to the world. That book was turned into a Cannes Jury Prize-winning film in 2008 and now a 12-part Italian-made TV series, which began last night on Sky Atlantic.

Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War Special, CBBC

TV review - Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War Special, CBBC

Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War Special is not, strictly speaking, last night's TV. It first aired on CBBC at 9am yesterday morning, but it would be remiss of me not to recommend an iPlayer catch up in the strongest possible terms. Nothing can dislodge Blackadder Goes Forth from its place on the informal school syllabus (especially with Michael Gove's enthusiastic endorsement still ringing in teachers' ears), but this would make a very acceptable substitute.

Melvyn Bragg's Radical Lives: Bragg at Tower Bridge

Melvyn Bragg’s Radical Lives and Brothers in Arms: the Pals of World War One, TV review

The first thing Bragg wanted to get straight is that 'Peasants’ Revolt' is itself a misnomer

Actor Damian Lewis was not recognised while watching his wife Helen McCrory play Medea

Do I know you? The unstoppable rise of the Unfamous Famous

Is this a sign we've started to outgrow celebrity culture?
Fun for all the family: Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii

Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii, TV review

Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii is fun for all the family with a multicoloured set that Nickelodeon would deem too garish. Visually, it's a meticulously fashioned delight – as you'd expect from the man with that haircut. Credit for this should also go to Fielding's long-time collaborator, Nigel Coan. As a sketch-show animator, he's proving himself a worthy successor to the Python's Terry Gilliam.

Who is this Conan O’Brien bloke?

Inside Television: A lowdown on the life Conan O'Brien

Who is this Conan O’Brien bloke? And why are Americans always banging on about him? In the US, the Orange-Haired One inspires fans worship somewhere between cult leader and One Direction member on the devotion scale and soon we’ll find out why. His talk show Conan is arriving in the UK on Monday, as part of the launch of new free-to-air  channel TruTV. Here’s what you should know:

Calling the shots: Kids and Guns featured nine-year-old Gia from Texas

Kids and Gun, Channel 4 - TV review: An impressively even-handed look at America's young guns

The statistics on US gun violence are shocking, but they don't stick in your mind like the image of a small child clutching a .44 calibre Magnum. Channel 4's documentary Kids and Guns made much use of this shock value, but with what end in mind? It didn't seem to have America's pro-gun lobby in its sights.

Making her point: Susan Calman in 'The Alternative Comedy Experience'

The Alternative Comedy Experience, Comedy Central - TV review: Women can stand up and be counted

If you're watching a live event on television, then it's not really "live", is it?

Fiona O'Shaughnessy as the gun-toting Jessica Hyde in the second series of 'Utopia'

Utopia, Channel 4 - TV review: Series finally picks up the pace

Protective visors at the ready. As the plot intensifies in the home straight of Utopia (Channel 4), so too does the garish colour scheme and the risk of blood splatter.

Back to the wall: Lyse Doucet with Jalal in 'Children of Syria'

Children of Syria, BBC2 - TV review: A frontline dispatch reveals why the battle never ends for the children of Syria

The BBC's Lyse Doucet has followed six children in Syria over six months and brought back stories and images as harrowing as any Unicef fundraising film. What distinguished Children of Syria (BBC2) was its wider journalistic intentions. If we want to better understand the country and the war, said Doucet, then we must listen to the stories of the children.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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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
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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