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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Eric Roberts, the Surrey bank clerk who fooled Nazi sympathisers for MI5

What the quiet heroism of Eric Roberts could teach Boris Johnson

Roberts was the agent who posed as an undercover Gestapo officer

Grey’s Anatomy is headed up by showrunner Shonda Rhimes

Inside Television: There's no stereotyping in ShondaLand - the production company headed up by showrunner du jour Shonda Rhimes

Ever been to ShondaLand? If you've ever seen Grey's Anatomy, Scandal or Universal's new How to Get Away with Murder, consider that passport stamped. All three series were created by the production company headed up by showrunner du jour Shonda Rhimes – and she isn't the only female writer-producer having a moment.

Creature comforts: David Attenborough makes friends with meerkats in ‘Life Story’

Life Story, TV review: David Attenborough's close encounters of the furred kind bring a tear to the eye

"Good luck to you," whispered David Attenborough over the heads of some baby meerkats. It was a sort of naturalist's baptism prayer as they started out on a difficult journey: "Just as each one of our stories is unique to ourselves, so each of these animals will have its own," he explained. Attenborough's paternal concern brought a tear to the eye and that was only five minutes into Life Story, the new six-part series from the BBC's Natural History Unit.

The eight series of 'The Big Bang Theory' began on E4 last night

The Big Bang Theory, TV review: Are the punchlines 50 per cent funnier since the cast negotiated their $1m-per-episode salaries?

Ever wondered what $6m worth of human labour looks like? It was there for all to see in the eighth series of The Big Bang Theory, which began on E4 last night.

Salty (Christopher Neiman) and Pepper (Naomi Grossman) in 'Monsters Among Us' in American Horror Story

American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational but still sensitive

The new series takes us to back to 1952 and the small town of Jupiter, Florida where one of America’s last freak shows is struggling to survive

Princess Olga in 'You Can't Get the Staff'

You Can't Get the Staff, Channel 4 - TV review: Poshos invite us to point and laugh

The aristocrats, it seemed, were just happy to have some attention

Cream of the crop: Monty Don hosts 'Big Dreams, Small Spaces'

Big Dreams, Small Spaces, BBC2 - TV review: Brace yourself for Monty, the lean, mean gardening machine

An Englishman's home is his castle, and so it follows that an Englishman's backyard is his family farmland, orchard and ornamental gardens even if, in actual fact, it measures just three metres by two. That's the premise of Monty Don's new gardening show, Big Dreams, Small Spaces (BBC2). In each of the five episodes, Monty will lend his expertise to two different households hoping to realise an ambitious outdoor scheme.

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour (BBC4)

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour, BBC4 -TV review

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour (BBC4) is a three-part arts series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon as part of the BBC's pleasingly autumnal Gothic season.

Schama’s study of Rembrandt’s later work is a call to arms for old duffers everywhere

It was when Schama moved on to a painting of one particular young woman that he was at his most compelling

Paul McCarthy’s inflatable Tree artwork in Place Vendôme, Paris

If they can build a giant 'sex toy' in the middle of Paris, then surely anything is possible

Is 'Tree' really that much more blatantly obscene than the many other giant phallic symbols that hide in plain sight in civic centres the world over?
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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas