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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Downton Abbey season 5 finale review: Even Lady Rose and Atticus's wedding felt rushed

The episode raced through so much, leaving just enough excitement for the Christmas special

Children learn morality in places outside the classroom

Morality in the classroom: The kind of fully rounded education that produces fully rounded adults neither begins nor ends in schools

My own firm moral code was fused from a combination of 19th-century novels and 1990s hip-hop

Season three of 'House of Cards' will be returning later this month

House of Cards season 3 premiere, review: Has Frank Underwood gone soft?

If series three of the Netflix original carries on like this we may soon come to miss the more flamboyant political satire of previous seasons

Russell Tovey, Myanna Buring and Julian Rhind Tutt star in Banished

Banished: Why the new societies we build on screen are better in theory than in practice

Jimmy McGovern's new BBC drama is set in a New South Wales penal colony established in 1788 by 1,000 British convicts, marines and seamen

The Good Wife has been consistently good for long enough to justify an occasional lapse

The Good Wife, review: Alicia shows how far she has come as she steps into the limelight

Tonight's show referenced a press conference way back in series one

Material world: May Martin, Claudia Winkleman and Patrick Grant in ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’

The Great British Sewing Bee, review: This pale imitation of Bake-Off needs some urgent alterations

Tonight's show featured "Structure Week" and a corset challenge

The trauma team in Critical

Critical, Sky1 - TV review

Critical eschews the soapy storylines of Casualty in favour of nitty-gritty procedure and medical jargon

Community spirit: Raj featured in 'Immigration Street'

Immigration Street, review: There is such a thing as society – just ask the residents of Derby Road, Southampton

A single hour on how the media's framing of immigration impacts on real communities

David Tennant, Eve Myles and Olivia Colman in Broadchurch series two

Broadchurch finale review: Inexplicable red herrings make for damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Spoiler alert: 'Boredchurch' it might not have been, but all the loose ends and an unsatisfying conclusion has made watching exasperating

Claire Parker, Anne Blankson-Hemans, Melvyn Flint, Alison Stafford, Richard Salter, Paul Bell, Amy Goldring, Anthea Lay, Heather Harding, Jan Szymczuk, Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon in The Big Painting Challenge

The Big Painting Challenge, TV review: Even Una Stubbs’ saucy innuendo can’t save this show

At Alnwick Castle in Northumberland contestants were given a potentially revealing brief: pick something and paint it

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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders