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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Clued up: John Lynch and Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’

The Fall, TV review: And the resolution of Stella Gibson's cliffhanger is... we're all a bit guilty

A show which has been accused of lingering too long over gratuitous murder, ends up accusing us, the viewers, of revelling in it. A nice touch by writer Allan Cubitt

The Choir: New Military Wives on BBC2: 'Choirmaster Gareth Malone is back!'

The Choir: New Military Wives, BBC2 - TV review

There are now more than 80 military wives choirs, with more than 2,000 members

Code warrior: Jon Hamm in 'Black Mirror: White Christmas'

Black Mirror: White Christmas, Channel 4 - TV review: Charlie Brooker's dystopian sci-fi casts a chill over festivities

Black Mirror is great on our technology culture, but also just great

Laugh a minute: Steph Parker with Nigel Farage

Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage, Channel 4: TV review - Farage plays the grinning gooseberry

The Gogglebox couple provide a bubbly-fuelled love-in

Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) has been at the centre of big Corrie Christmas storylines for a few years

Coronation Street, ITV - TV review

’Tis the season to get caught up with Coronation Street (ITV). It’s either that, or you’ll find yourself stuck watching the big Christmas Day showdown with no idea why Les Dennis is suddenly on telly again talking to that bloke out of Red Dwarf, like it’s 1997, or something.

Ziggy squirts water in Carol's face during a water fight in Big Brother 8 in 2007

Life's a bitch: We need to be nasty – just keep it hidden

A bit of bad-mouthing behind closed doors never did anyone any harm, but we made a mistake when we thought an email password would protect our privacy
Andrew Brooke, Stuart Martin and Nick Blood in ‘Babylon’

Babylon, Channel 4 - TV review: From patchy pilot to a force to be reckoned with

One of the most thrilling and original series on television

Edinburgh Castle and city skyline

Castles: Britain’s Fortified History, BBC4 - TV review: Distinguished only by lovely aerial shots

Another documentary inspired by Game of Thrones' success

Brian Pern: a Life in Rock, BBC2

Brian Pern: a Life in Rock, BBC2 - TV review: A reunion for comedy’s hardest workers

The three-part series is co-written by Fast Show cast members Rhys Thomas and Simon Day

Strife through a lens: 'Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan' heard from soldiers in the conflict

Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan, BBC3 - TV review: A bereft mother shows that the casualties of war are not only on the front line

Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan set a tone of uncompromising honesty from the off: “I hate doing Queen’s Guards, I don’t care if the Queen’s watching us,” said Lane Sergeant Luke Langley. “Ordinary life feels amazingly dull when you come back from Afghanistan.” This special feature-length episode of BBC3’s Bafta-winning documentary marked the end of combat operations in the same way the series tracked their progress: by collecting personal accounts and slotting them into a bigger picture of the war.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003