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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Married At First Sight: Dr Mark Coulsen, Jo Coker, Andrew Irving, Anna Machin and Rev Nick Devenish

Married at First Sight, Channel 4, TV review: Here comes the bride...and the divorce lawyers are lining up

Five experts try to make perfect matches in Channel 4’s new dating documentary

Benefits by the Sea, Channel 5's bargain-basement take on the more famous Channel 4 series

Benefits by the Sea, Channel 5 - TV review: These guys make subjects of Benefits Street look like landed aristocracy

"Poverty porn" is at least supposed to entertain but Benefits by the Sea didn't even reach that low bar

Winging it: behind-the-scenes documentary 'Virgin Atlantic: Up in the Air'

Virgin Atlantic: Up in the Air, ITV - TV review: Branson's Dreamliner loos cost a fortune but the workers aren't living the high life

Branson seems to inspire an adoration somewhere between what Directioners feel for Harry Styles and what North Koreans feel for Kim Jong-un.

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Vet School, TV review: ITV is crackers to think these animals belong on primetime

The day-to-day activities of the vets are mundane, as this eight-part series is determined to document

The Simpsons is a key source of inspiration for Family Guy

Family Guy Simpsons crossover episode highlights gulf between the cartoons - review

Family Guy own writers have drawn attention to how The Simpsons is superior

A Song For Jenny: Almost unbearably sad, but also unusually challenging.

A Song for Jenny, review: TV rarely offers such heartbreaking insight into human emotion

Emily Watson’s portrayal of Julie Nicholson is mesmerising and devastating

Camila Batmanghelidjh quit her charity this week, blaming government's 'ugly games'

A gap that’s too big to plug: Camila Batmanghelidjh shows how charities go where governments don't

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Career Criminals, TV review: Two brothers were up to no good on a Dudley council estate

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The Tribe, TV review: Bidding a fond farewell to southern Ethiopia's Hamar tribe

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