Tuesday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

Film Forum via AP

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.


Gangs of New York 8 p.m., IFC

Last week, Martin Scorsese and Miramax announced they are putting together a TV series based on this 2002 Scorsese movie. It’s not a bad idea, since the birth of organized crime is a rich topic with lots of period-drama potential, except that it could be a bad idea. Who will take over Daniel Day-Lewis’s role of Bill the Butcher, assuming he’ll be a character? Also, BBC America has recently mined the same subject with “Copper.” I’m on wait-and-see.

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The Mindy Project 9:30 p.m., Channel 25

She finds an Elias Doolittle.

Strangers on a Train 8 p.m., TCM


A man gets railroaded.

My Left Foot 8 p.m., Flix

DDL is better than all right.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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