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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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?
Clive Owen (centre) in 'The Knick'

The Knick, TV review: Steven Soderbergh creates an artful-yet-authentic picture of NYC on brink of modernity in new hospital-set drama

Sky Atlantic's new hospital-set drama The Knick take us on a journey back in time. It was New York City, it was 1900, and we were getting to know pioneering surgeon Dr John Thackery (Clive Owen) as he stumbled out of an opium den and set off for the Knickerbocker hospital to take part in an early trial of the modern Caesarean-section.

Clive Owen (centre) in 'The Knick'

The Knick's Dr Thackery is a well-rounded racist

Drama needs more racists; or at least better ones, argues Ellen E Jones

Bigwigs: Richard McCabe, Oliver Jackson Cohen and Richard Dixon in ‘The Great Fire’

The Great Fire, ITV, review: All of London is here - even a 17th-century Spider-Man

A dramatisation of the 1666 fire could easily have been London's Burning in breeches. Instead, the four-part mini-series The Great Fire (ITV) skilfully interweaves real historical characters with fictional additions to create a cross-section of Restoration London.

Swap My Council House, BBC1

Swap My Council House, BBC1 - TV review

There was something jarringly jolly about Swap My Council House, BBC1's documentary about the consequences of this country's housing shortage. That title, the upbeat music on the soundtrack and the voiceover, all suggested a game show sensibility trapped in the format of a dour social-affairs documentary.

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