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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Hunter went to Knoxville to feel the lonesome chill of Southern gothic, found his childhood memories of Spam offered common ground with Dolly Parton and, in the episode’s most fascinating section, confronted the disturbing legacy of minstrelsy

Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South, TV review: His perspective makes this essential viewing for music fans

Hunter retains not only an easy Southern charm, but also a wariness of what he calls 'hillbillies, the deadly kind'

Who, really, is shocked that Cindy Crawford has a less than taut stomach?

Beyonce? Cindy Crawford? Kate Middleton? Bodies are lumpy, bumpy and sometimes saggy – so why peddle perfection?

Cindy Crawford has a not entirely taut stomach. Beyoncé gets the occasional spot and the Duchess of Cambridge has a few greys

Cate Blanchett at the Oscars last year

The red carpet revolution: Is the TV coverage of award shows about to change forever?

E! channel's mani-cam is the latest red carpet indignity that women in the entertainment industry have complained are unfairly visited only upon them

Firm ground: Steve Hewlett presented ‘Reinventing the Royals’

Reinventing The Royals, TV review: This royal appointment wasn't worth the wait

Reinventing the Royals finally made it to our screens last night, six weeks after it was first scheduled for broadcast.

'Cucumber' got raunchy - even by the show’s own high standards

Cucumber, TV review: Henry continues to skirt the line between pathetic and liberated

Tonight's episode of Cucumber was raunchy even by the show's own high standards.

Hard times: Alex featured in 'The Romanians Are Coming'

The Romanians Are Coming, Channel 4 - TV review: Playing the system? English-speaking Alex is cleaning our streets while sleeping rough

We got to know three men and their stories variously confirmed and confounded the stereotypes

The Mysteries of Laura

The Mysteries of Laura, 5USA - TV review

If you like Murder She Wrote you may find this police procedural strangely appealing

'Hardly clash of the titans': Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor)

EastEnders, Live BBC1 - TV review: Max Branning's fluffed line is a mystery as Walford comes alive

We might have preferred it if the one notable fudge hadn't occurred in the crucial final scene

The right stuff: 'Ukip: the First 100 Days'

UKIP: The First 100 Days, review: A mockumentary to scare the living bejesus out of the electorate

What rang most true were the extrapolations from actual Ukip policy to national events

The Casual Vacancy, BBC, TV review: JK Rowling's story is a far better drama than it is a book

Harry Potter author's so-so novel comes to life with a star cast and some magical direction

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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