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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Doctor Who, Death in Heaven, review: The Doctor’s inner Malcolm Tucker comes to the fore but can he master Missy?

Like Hannibal Lecter in a Mary Poppins outfit, Missy was an unsettling mix of prim and predatory

Margaret Thatcher during a visit to her old school, Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ Grammar, in 1982

Grammar school guilt: Make selective education fairer

As a former grammar school girl, my own feelings about them are difficult to decode - but 'guilty gratitude' is close
Ioan Gruffudd in 'Forever'

Forever, Sky 1, TV review: 'Every time he dies, he disappears then emerges, fully grown and naked'

City medical examiner Dr Henry Morgan (the Welsh Ioan Gruffudd doing an English accent) also happens to be immortal

The Passing Bells, BBC1, TV review: The First World War drama for children

Today’s children can cope with the horrors of war – so why patronise them with clichés?

Through a glass darkly: Jamie Dornan in The Fall

BBC2’s The Fall returns next week and the psycho-killer tale is not so sexist

Also Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and Boardwalk Empire come to an end

Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts 1

Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts 1 - TV review

Portrait Artist of the Year, now on a second series, has also retained its passion for the craft – portrait painting, in this case. The opening episode on Sky Arts 1 included a lively disagreement between presenters Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner and one of the three judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, over the importance of capturing a likeness. "We've been excited today by the inventiveness," scolded Schierenberg. "If you want a likeness, go to Leicester Square."

Causing a stir: Gregg Wallace, Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti are the judges on 'MasterChef: the Professionals'

MasterChef: The Professionals- TV review: Embrace the stereotypes – chuck the quail straight in the deep fat fryer

The word on new MasterChef judge Marcus Wareing is that he's stern. Very stern. "He's probably the most feared and respected chef in the country," said one contestant in last night's first heat, who went on to prove his point by shaking like a leaf through all three rounds. MasterChef: the Professionals (BBC2) is back for a seventh series and, as usual, it means business.

Toast of London. Steven Toast played by Matt Berry (press image from Lis Clucas/Kuba Wieczorek/Channel 4)

Toast of London, Channel 4 - TV review: A sitcom that defies explanation

In the unlikely event that the Children in Need celebrity single flops, they could always try a celebrities and prostitutes blow-football tournament. It’s not in good taste exactly, but voiceover artist and thesp Stephen Toast (Matt Berry) has never cared much about that. Britain’s “second best actor acting in high winds” entered one such tournament in aid of homeless ponies last night, and thus began another brilliant series of Toast of London.

Stephen Gough has 18 convictions and has been in prison on and off since 2006

Naked truths: Is Stephen Gough the only one embracing British eccentricity?

If things don't change soon, I'll be forced to go as the Naked Rambler next Halloween
Michelle Gomez and Peter Capaldi star in 'Doctor Who'

Inside Television: What to watch on Halloween

Ellen E Jones reveals how to ensure your viewing is more adept than your apple-bobbing

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015