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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Pillar talk: Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath investigated the prehistoric ruin

Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath, TV review: Behold the Porsches of the Mesolithic age

In Wales for the recent Nato summit, President Obama took a special detour to see Britain's most investigated prehistoric monument. It was, he said, a "highlight" and something he could tick off his "bucket list".

Cringe-making: Bad Bridesmaid features an actor attempting to pass herself off as a real friend and wreaking havoc

Bad Bridesmaid, ITV 2, review: Mining female friendships and pre-wedding jitters for laughs

Effortlessly embarrassing real relatives will always trump a 'comedy-reality-hybrid' creation

Geared up: Stephen Petty and Jason Burbank featured in 'The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane'

The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane, BBC 2, review - Well on the road to boring

Oh, the glamour of the M6 on a wet and windy night

Long Lost Family, ITV

Long Lost Family: What Happened Next, ITV, review - Happy endings with a twist

New spin-off series demonstrates that a happy ending isn't always happy ever after

The Rules of Abstraction with Matthew Collings, BBC4

The Rules of Abstraction with Matthew Collings, BBC4 - TV review

The Rules of Abstraction with Matthew Collings was an uplifting watch. The artist and critic began his 90-minute programme by tracing the history of abstract art back to its origins in the fascinating 19th-century Theosophy movement of Helena Blavatsky. From here he moved on to the colours and shapes of Kandinsky, Pollock, Rothko and more. Throughout, there were studio visits and interviews with working artists as they created new abstract pieces.

Life's a drag: Jason Stokes featured in 'Cops and Robbers'

Cops and Robbers, Channel 4 - TV review: Depressing insight into the lives of serial offenders

This take on the criminal justice system was listless

On the case: Paddy Considine in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Secrets, weekend TV reviews

This Victorian crime mystery needs a compelling villain to lift the gloom

Chequered: Society needs to unravel attitudes to young women in uniform

Uniform disapproval: Back to school, back to sexualising girls

It is so prevalent in British culture that there seems little point in stating the obvious - but it is a bit creepy, isn't it?
From left to right: Noel Clarke, Reece Shearsmith and Alex Kingston in 'Chasing Shadows'

Chasing Shadows, TV Review: Reece Shearsmith's awkward detective is just like Sherlock - only with none of the skilful writing

Chasing Shadows is a very apt title for the new Thursday evening cop drama, but not for the reasons ITV would like. Watching the opening episode of this four-part series feels like being taunted by the phantom of what might have been.

Stateside success: British comedian John Oliver

Inside Television: Sesame Street is child's play for word-perfect comic John Oliver

Inside TV first hailed the stateside success of Birmingham-born comedian John Oliver back in May and since then his show Last Week Tonight has built up quite the following. Oliver’s every online mention is greeted with a hail of gushing below-the-line comments, often mentioning his “adorable” British accent and his “dapper” British dress sense.

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible