TV tonight: a mental health crisis for the NHS

Ammar Kalia, Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett
TV tonight: a mental health crisis for the NHS. A testament to frontline staff in a new series on mental health treatment in Nottinghamshire. Plus: Crazy Delicious begins. Here’s what to watch this evening

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

A greater openness towards discussions about mental health has also seen a sharp rise in demand for treatment; it is now one of the biggest crises facing the NHS. This series follows Nottinghamshire NHS Trust as they try to cope with demand, opening on the desperately sad story of new mum Laura, who tried to kill her newborn as a result of postpartum psychosis, as well as 11-year-old Briena, whose panic attacks are causing her to have full-body seizures. Ammar Kalia

Cornwall: This Fishing Life
8pm, BBC Two

This series continues, following the intrepid men (and, in defiance of superstition, one woman) who eke a living from the sea. A brother and sister fish for oysters in a traditional wooden sailing boat, while a veteran trawler captain muses on how those working boats are being replaced by expensive yachts. Phil Harrison

Crazy Delicious
8pm, Channel 4

Heston Blumenthal goes through the looking glass in this absurdist cooking contest. Dissatisfied with the realism of MasterChef, the Crazy Delicious contestants must forage produce from an edible set to complete challenges set by Blumenthal and the judges. This week: reinventing the humble hot dog. AK

Portrait Artist of the Year 2020
8pm, Sky Arts

Comedian Mickey Flanagan and Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield strike a pose for the latest batch of amateur portraitists vying to win the sixth season of this slow-TV stalwart and the chance to paint Nile Rodgers. But who will leave famous talker Flanagan speechless? AK

Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting
9pm, BBC Two

By the year 2050, the Earth could be sagging under the weight of 10 billion people. And for naturalist Chris Packham that’s not good, given the grief the current 7.7 billion are already causing. Here he explores the impact on the environment, and what can be done. Ali Catterall

Fuel: Ballerina
10.25pm, Vice

A true feat of athleticism from ballerina Theresa Farrell in this documentary on her preparation for an upcoming season with the American Contemporary Ballet. It sees her fit meals such as a breakfast corndog and a midnight bowl of cereal around eight-hour days of intense training. AK

Film choice

Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014), 12.45am, Film4
Twelve years in the making, Richard Linklater’s gently compelling, wonderful family drama is a real labour of love. It follows the life of Mason (played by the extraordinary Ellar Coltrane) as he ages from five to 18, Linklater returning each year to shoot scenes that chart his growth. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Premier League football: Sheffield Utd v Manchester City 7pm, BT Sport 2. Head to head at Bramall Lane.

Premier League football: Chelsea v Arsenal 7.30pm, BT Sport 1. The London sides face off at Stamford Bridge.

Australian Open tennis 11.55pm, Eurosport 1. Day three of the opening grand slam of 2020.