TV tonight: real-life stories of living on Universal Credit

A three-part series puts a human face on the Conservatives’ benefits reforms. Plus: Life Drawing Live! Here’s what to watch tonight

Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State
9pm, BBC Two

Designed to streamline benefits payments and make them easier to navigate, universal credit has met with fierce opposition since its protracted and troubled rollout. This three-part series opens in Peckham Jobcentre, where more than 1,000 people visit each day, including former NHS worker Rachel, who is living precariously during the five-week wait for her first universal credit payment. It is a humanising look into the real-life consequences of political choices. Ammar Kalia

Life Drawing Live!
8pm, BBC Four

Josie d’Arby presents this curious mix of the saucy and the sedate: a 120-minute life-drawing class, taking place in real time. Audiences at home will be encouraged to get the easel out and draw along at home, with advice from award-winning artists, plus a separate, clear shot of the nude subject on screen at all times. Ellen E Jones

This Is Our Family
9pm, Sky Atlantic

The last of this four-part documentary series telling the stories of four families from across the UK. This one focuses on 31-year-old Vinnie Nailor from Milton Keynes, who has spent most of his adult life behind bars. Now, he wants to go straight to set an example to his six kids. Can he cope with a regular job? Ali Catterall

Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency
10pm, Channel 4

This harrowing but essential series continues to highlight the remarkable work done – under extreme pressure – by Britain’s mental health professionals. In this penultimate episode the team are faced with a terrible dilemma: is it safe to send a potentially suicidal teenager home? Phil Harrison

The L Word: Generation Q
10pm, Sky Atlantic

The L Word: Generation Q
The L Word: Generation Q Photograph: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Showtime

Eleven years on from its last series, the ensemble cast of lesbian characters returns to find Bette running for mayor of Los Angeles, Alice and Nat co-parenting in a modern family with Nat’s ex Gigi, and Shane coming back to the city. It’s sex, lies and systemic inequality. AK

High Society: GHB
10pm, Vice

Despite the party scenes, this documentary does a good job of showing the dangers of the drug GHB in a balanced way. “It’s almost too good,” says one masked user who sings its praises, while doctors hammer home the message that it is easy to overdose. And DJ Jackmaster offers a cautionary tale of acting out under the influence. Hannah Verdier

Film choice

Saoirse Ronan in Byzantium. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Byzantium, 1.20am, Film4

In a bleak English seaside town, Gemma Arterton’s sex worker Clara supports her 16-year-old daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) in a guesthouse called Byzantium. Their past seems to be a closed book, until we discover that the pair are actually 200-year-old vampires, with an angsty mum-daughter thing going on. PJH

Today’s sport

International One-Day Cricket: South Africa v England The first ODI of the three-match series from Cape Town. 10.30am, Sky Sports Main Event

Athletics: World Indoor Tour Third meeting of the series from Düsseldorf, Germany. 6pm, Eurosport 1

FA Cup Football: Fourth-Round Replay Match for a place in the final 16. 7.15pm, BT Sport 1

Ammar Kalia, Ellen E Jones, Ali Catterall, Phil Harrison, Hannah Verdier and Paul Howlett

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