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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Great British Bake Off, review: The show is back, hitting a sweet spot straight away

It makes no apology for its tweeness or its terrible puns

The Great British Bake Off 2014 contestants

Great British Bake Off series 5 preview: The most amusing and likable contestants yet

As ever, it’s the creativity and skill of the contestants which impresses most

From fear to maternity: 'In the Club'

In The Club, BBC1 - TV review: A warm new drama that could grow into something special

It's been a while, so it must be time for another stab at recapturing the popularity of 1997-2003 drama Cold Feet. In The Club, a new six-part BBC1 drama from Kay Mellor, writer of The Syndicate and Fat Friends, seems to fit the bill.

Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex, More4 - TV review

How important is a likable lead? Masters of Sex, which kicked off a second series on More4 last night, is a study in just that. It's not that 1950s sexologist Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) is an antihero. We've learnt to love philanderers like Don Draper, drug dealers like Walter White and even the serial killer Dexter Morgan. Masters' problem is that he's so utterly bereft of any appealing qualities at all. Priggish, sexist while pretending to champion women and lacking even the surface charm to temporarily compensate, Bill Masters is never pleasant company.

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:

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Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

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A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain