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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New leaf of life: 'Jamie's Cracking Christmas'

Jamie's Cracking Christmas, Channel 4 - TV review: The cheeky chappie is still the people's cook

Even if he acts like he'd rather be elsewhere

Matt Berry (centre), the star of Channel 4 sitcom 'Toast of London'

Toast of London, Channel 4 - TV review: A disappointingly dull denouement

Josh Homme's cameo was exactly the sort of pointless, "meet my famous chums" name-dropping that Toast of London usually skewers so mercilessly

There was a documentary about football hooligans on telly this week: “Aw, it’s fucking mint! There’s nothing like it,” enthused one chap with a bandana round his face

Fighting talk: Caught in the crossfire of male egos

People (mostly men) at the highest levels of society are given to squaring up and throwing down
A patient is treated on '24 Hours in A&E'

24 Hours in A&E, TV review: Moments of comedy amid tear-jerking, life-and-death drama

Channel 4's documentary 24 Hours in A&E should probably be renamed Perspective and prescribed on the NHS as the antidote for anyone feeling a bit sorry for themselves. This week featured another collection of those "there-but-for-the-grace-of-God" scenarios and another set of calm, compassionate medical professionals doing the National Health Service proud.

Murder in mind: Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in ‘The Fall’

The Fall, TV review: DSI Stella's most mundane interactions crackle with a menacing sexual tension

We already know whodunit. It was that male-model type who's always sneaking about with no shirt on. Yet even without the crime thriller's favourite plot device, BBC2 series The Fall has kept us gripped, not only for the entire first series, but now also for most of a second series, too. In some scenes, the pace is reflective, even leisurely (perhaps that's something to do with the languid speaking voice of DSI Stella Gibson), but it's never long before another heart-thumping sequence kicks into gear.

'Game of Thrones' writer George RR Martin has long acknowledged the debt he owes to medieval history

History programmes show that Game of Thrones isn't so OTT after all

For some telly-dons 'sexed up' will always mean 'dumbed down', but that doesn't mean a GoT-influenced view of medieval life is inaccurate

Honey I Bought the House, Watch - TV review

If you saw Monday night's Dispatches on the British property boom, you'll know there's no better time for Watch to launch its new lifestyle series, Honey I Bought the House. It's Don't Tell the Bride meets Location, Location, Location and perfectly situated to exploit the housing panic. In each episode a couple of first-time-buyers are offered £15,000 towards their deposit, but there's a catch: only one of them is allowed to view, choose and make an offer on the home.

James Nesbitt in The Missing

The Missing, BBC - TV review: A hushed-up paedophile ring in government? This unmissable thriller is worryingly prescient

It's the minor mysteries that make this drama starring James Nesbitt so gripping

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, BBC

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, BBC - TV review

The winds of change are blowing through the property market, but it’s the actual wind that Richard Hammond is interested in. His new three-part series, Wild Weather with Richard Hammond, began with a trip to Mount Washington in the US state of New Hampshire where wind speeds regularly reach 85mph. That’s strong enough to blow away a garden shed. Or “refreshingly breezy”, if you’re a north London estate agent.

Home truths: 'The British Property Boom'
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee