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Tuesday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector 9 p.m., BBC America

With HBO’s “Phil Spector” out there, BBC America is airing this 2009 documentary about the producer who ultimately went to jail for killing actress Lana Clarkson. The movie, by Vikram Jayanti, is built on interviews with Spector (pictured) conducted around the time of his first trial, which ended with a hung jury. Grandiose and paranoid, lonely and Gothic, Spector talks about his accomplishments and dwells on petty battles from the past. The movie soundtrack contains a lot of his hit records, including, um, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss),” which was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

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